Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly

Volume 9 (2013)

Number 1

Special Issue: In Honor of Dennis Sullivan, Part 1 of 2

Notes on supersymmetric and holomorphic field theories in dimensions 2 and 4

Pages: 73 – 165

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4310/PAMQ.2013.v9.n1.a3


Kevin Costello (Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.)


These notes explore some aspects of formal derived geometry related to classical field theory. One goal is to explain how many important classical field theories in physics—such as supersymmetric gauge theories and supersymmetric $\sigma$-models—can be described very cleanly using derived geometry. In particular, I describe a mathematically natural construction of Kapustin-Witten’s $\mathbb{P}^1$ of twisted supersymmetric gauge theories.


supersymmetry, derived algebraic geometry, quantum field theory, deformation theory

Published 31 October 2013