Higher-degree Dirac currents of twistor and Killing spinors in supergravity theories


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AÇIK Ö., Ertem U.

CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM GRAVITY, vol.32, no.17, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/0264-9381/32/17/175007
  • Journal Name: CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM GRAVITY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: twistor spinors, Killing spinors, supergravity, RIEMANNIAN-MANIFOLDS, SYMMETRY OPERATORS, SUPERSYMMETRY, BACKGROUNDS, FORMS
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

We show that higher degree Dirac currents of twistor and Killing spinors correspond to the hidden symmetries of the background spacetime which are generalizations of conformal Killing and Killing vector fields respectively. They are the generalizations of one-form Dirac currents to higher degrees which are used in constructing the bosonic supercharges in supergravity theories. In the case of Killing spinors, we find that the equations satisfied by the higher degree Dirac currents are related to Maxwell-like and Duffin-Kemmer-Petiau equations. Correspondence between the Dirac currents and harmonic forms for parallel and pure spinor cases is determined. We also analyze the supergravity twistor and Killing spinor cases in ten and eleven-dimensional supergravity theories and find that although different inner product classes induce different involutions on spinors, the higher degree Dirac currents still correspond to the hidden symmetries of the spacetime.