Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Volume 26 (2022)
Almost contact structures on manifolds with a $G_2$ structure
Pages: 143 – 216
We review the construction of almost contact metric (three-) structures, abbreviated ACM(3)S, on manifolds with a $G_2$ structure. These are of interest for certain supersymmetric configurations in string and M‑theory. We compute the torsion of the $SU(3)$ structure associated to an ACMS and apply these computations to heterotic $G_2$ systems and supersymmetry enhancement. We initiate the study of the space of ACM3Ss, which is an infinite dimensional space with a local product structure and interesting topological features. Tantalising links between ACM3Ss and associative and coassociative submanifolds are observed.
Published 21 October 2022