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09.11.2016 (Wednesday)

An algebraic approach to the classification of supergravity backgrounds

Regular Seminar Jose Miguel Figueroa-O'Farrill (Edinburgh)

13:15 KCL
room G01 Norfolk Building

I will report on joint work with Andrea Santi outlining an algebraic reformulation of the classification problem of eleven-dimensional supergravity backgrounds. The basic object of study is the Killing superalgebra of the background, whose algebraic structure has recently been elucidated. If time permits I will also comment on work also involving Paul de Medeiros applying these techniques to the construction of rigidly supersymmetric theories in curved spaces.