Vector fields on mapping spaces and a converse to the AKSZ construction

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    The well-known AKSZ construction (for Alexandrov--Kontsevich--Schwarz--Zaboronsky) gives an odd symplectic structure on a space of maps together with a functional S that is automatically a solution for the classical master equation (S,S)=0. The input data required for the AKSZ construction consist of a volume element on the source space and a symplectic structure of suitable parity on the target space, both invariant under given homological vector fields on the source and target. In this note, we show that the AKSZ setup and their main construction can be naturally recovered from the single requirement that the `difference' vector field arising on the mapping space be gradient (or Hamiltonian). This can be seen as a converse statement for that of AKSZ. We include a discussion of properties of vector fields on mapping spaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


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