Introduction to graded geometry
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Abstract
This paper aims at setting out the basics of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds theory. We introduce \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds from local models and give some of their properties. The requirement to work with a completed graded symmetric algebra to define functions is made clear. Moreover, we define vector fields and exhibit their graded local basis. The paper also reviews some correspondences between differential \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds and algebraic structures.
Keywords
Supergeometry Graded manifold Differential graded manifold QmanifoldMathematics Subject Classification
58A50 51021 Introduction
Complete references on supermanifolds can be found (e.g. [4, 7, 11, 21]), but mathematicians have not yet prepared monographs on graded manifolds. The aim of this paper is to show what would appear at the beginning of such a book and it aspires to be a comprehensive introduction to \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds theory for both mathematicians and theoretical physicists.
The layout of this article is inspired by [4, 21] and the reader needs a little knowledge of sheaf theory from Sect. 2.2 onward. We first introduce graded vector spaces, graded rings and graded algebras in Sect. 2. These objects allow us to define graded locally ringed spaces and their morphisms. After that, we introduce graded domains and we show that their stalks are local. In particular, we notice that this property follows from the introduction of formal power series to define sections. The graded domains are the local models of graded manifolds, which are studied in Sect. 3. Specifically, we give the elementary properties of graded manifolds and define their vector fields. In particular, we prove that there exists a local graded basis of the vector fields which is related to the local coordinate system of the graded manifold. Finally, in Sect. 4, we illustrate the theory of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds with a few theorems stating the correspondence between differential graded manifolds and algebraic structures. These important examples are usually referred to as Qmanifolds. Other applications can be found in [5, 16].
Conventions In this paper, \(\mathbb {N}\) and \(\mathbb {Z}\) denote the set of nonnegative integers and the set of integers, respectively. We write \(\mathbb {N}^\times \) and \(\mathbb {Z}^\times \) when we consider these sets deprived of zero. Notice that some authors use the expression graded manifolds to talk about supermanifolds with an additional \(\mathbb {Z}\)grading (see [22]), but we only use this expression in the present paper to refer to \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds.
2 Preliminaries
2.1 Graded algebraic structures
2.1.1 Graded vector space
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space is a direct sum Open image in new window of a collection of \(\mathbb {R}\)vector spaces \(({\mathscr {V}}_i)_{i\in \mathbb {Z}}\). If a nonzero element \(v\in {\mathscr {V}}\) belongs to one of the spaces \({\mathscr {V}}_i\), one says that it is homogeneous of degree i. We write Open image in new window for the map which assigns its degree to a homogeneous element. Moreover, we only consider \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces of finite type, which means that Open image in new window is such that \(\dim {\mathscr {V}}_i<\infty \) for all \(i\in \mathbb {Z}\). A graded basis of \({\mathscr {V}}\) is a sequence \((v_\alpha )_\alpha \) of homogeneous elements of \({\mathscr {V}}\) such that the subsequence of all elements \(v_\alpha \) of degree i is a basis of the vector space \({\mathscr {V}}_i\), for all \(i\in \mathbb {Z}\).
If \({\mathscr {V}}\) is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space, Open image in new window denotes the \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space \({\mathscr {V}}\) lifted by \(k\in \mathbb {Z}\): Open image in new window for all \(i\in \mathbb {Z}\). The \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space \({\mathscr {V}}\) with reversed degree is denoted by \(\mathrm{\Pi }{\mathscr {V}}\) and satisfies \((\mathrm{\Pi }{\mathscr {V}})_i={\mathscr {V}}_{i}\) for all \(i \in \mathbb {Z}\).
Given two \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces \({\mathscr {V}}\) and \({\mathscr {W}}\), their direct sum Open image in new window can be defined with the grading Open image in new window , as well as the tensor product \({\mathscr {V}}{\otimes } {\mathscr {W}}\) with \(({\mathscr {V}}{\otimes } {\mathscr {W}})_i = \bigoplus _{j\in \mathbb {Z}} {\mathscr {V}}_j {\otimes } {\mathscr {W}}_{ij}\). Both constructions are associative. A morphism of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces \(T:{\mathscr {V}} \rightarrow {\mathscr {W}}\) is a linear map which preserves the degree: \(T({\mathscr {V}}_i) \subseteq {\mathscr {W}}_i\) for all \(i\in \mathbb {Z}\). We write \(\text {Hom}({\mathscr {V}},{\mathscr {W}})\) for the set of all morphisms between \({\mathscr {V}}\) and \({\mathscr {W}}\).
The category of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces is a symmetric monoidal category. It is equipped with the nontrivial commutativity isomorphism Open image in new window which, to any homogeneous elements \(v \in {\mathscr {V}}\) and \(w \in {\mathscr {W}}\), assigns the homogeneous elements Open image in new window .
Finally, duals of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces can be defined. Given a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space \({\mathscr {V}}\), Hom \(({\mathscr {V}},\mathbb {R})\) denotes the \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space which contains all the linear maps from \({\mathscr {V}}\) to \(\mathbb {R}\). Its grading is defined by setting Open image in new window to be the set of linear maps f such that \(f(v)\in \mathbb {R}\) if \(v\in {\mathscr {V}}_{i}\). It is the dual of \({\mathscr {V}}\) and we write \(\mathscr {V}^*\) \(=\underline{\mathrm{Hom}} (\mathscr {V},\mathbb {R}).\) One can show that the latter satisfies \(({\mathscr {V}}^*)_i=({\mathscr {V}}_{i})^*\), for all \(i\in \mathbb {Z}\).
Remark 2.1
From now on, we will refer to \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded objects simply as graded objects. However, we will keep the complete wording in the definitions or when it is needed, to keep it clear that the grading is taken over \(\mathbb {Z}\).
Remark 2.2
The different notions introduced for \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector spaces extend to \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded Rmodules over a ring R. In particular, taking \(R=\mathbb {Z}\), these constructions apply to any \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded abelian group (which is a direct sum of abelian groups) seen as a direct sum of \(\mathbb {Z}\)modules.
2.1.2 Graded ring
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ring \({\mathscr {R}}\) is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded abelian group Open image in new window with a morphism Open image in new window called the multiplication. By definition, it satisfies Open image in new window .
A graded ring \({\mathscr {R}}\) is unital if it admits an element 1 such that \(1r=r=r 1\) for any \(r\in {\mathscr {R}}\). In that case, the element 1 satisfies \(1\in {\mathscr {R}}_0\). The graded ring \({\mathscr {R}}\) is associative if Open image in new window for every \(a,b,c\in {\mathscr {R}}\). The graded ring \({\mathscr {R}}\) is gradedcommutative when \(ab=(1)^{ab}ba\) for any homogeneous elements \(a,b\in {\mathscr {R}}\). This means that the multiplication is invariant under the commutativity isomorphism \({\mathbf {c}}\).
We can introduce the definitions of left ideal, right ideal and twosided ideal (which is referred to as ideal) of a graded ring in the same manner as in the nongraded case. It is easy to see that, in a gradedcommutative associative unital graded ring, a left (or right) ideal is an ideal. A homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {R}}\) is an ideal I such that Open image in new window , for \(I_k=I\cap {\mathscr {R}}_k\). Equivalently, a homogeneous ideal I is an ideal generated by a set of homogeneous elements \(H\subseteq \bigcup _k {\mathscr {R}}_k\). In that case, we write \(I=\langle H \rangle \) when we want to emphasize the generating set of I. An homogeneous ideal \(I\subsetneq {\mathscr {R}}\) is said to be maximal if, when \(I\subseteq J\) with J another homogeneous ideal, then either \(J=I\) or \(J={\mathscr {R}}\). A local graded ring \({\mathscr {R}}\) is a graded ring which admits a unique maximal homogeneous ideal.
Define \({\mathscr {J}}_{\mathscr {R}}\) as the ideal generated by the elements of \({\mathscr {R}}\) with nonzero degree. We can consider the quotient \({\mathscr {R}}/{\mathscr {J}}_{\mathscr {R}}\) and the projection map \(\pi :{\mathscr {R}} \rightarrow {\mathscr {R}}/{\mathscr {J}}_{\mathscr {R}}\). We say that \({\mathscr {R}}\) is a \(\pi \)local graded ring if it admits a unique maximal homogeneous ideal \({\mathfrak {m}}\) such that \(\pi ({\mathfrak {m}})\) is the unique maximal ideal of \({\mathscr {R}}/{\mathscr {J}}_{\mathscr {R}}\). Note that a local graded ring is always \(\pi \)local, but the converse is not true (see Remark 2.19 below).
Remark 2.3
The different notions introduced for \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded rings extend to any object with an underlying \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ring structure.
2.1.3 Graded algebra
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded algebra is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space \({\mathscr {A}}\) endowed with a morphism Open image in new window called multiplication. Alternatively, it is a graded ring with a structure of \(\mathbb {R}\)module.
Consider a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space \({\mathscr {W}}\). The free \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded associative algebra generated by \({\mathscr {W}}\) is \(\bigotimes {\mathscr {W}} = \bigoplus _{k\in \mathbb {N}}\otimes ^k {\mathscr {W}}\). The product on \(\bigotimes {\mathscr {W}}\) is the concatenation, while its degree is induced by the degree on \({\mathscr {W}}\). Then, the symmetric \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded associative algebra generated by \({\mathscr {W}}\) is given by \({\mathbf {S}} {\mathscr {W}}=\bigotimes {\mathscr {W}} / J\), where Open image in new window .
This object gathers the nongraded exterior and symmetric algebras. Indeed, split \({\mathscr {W}}\) as Open image in new window with Open image in new window and Open image in new window . Then we obtain that Open image in new window as \(\mathbb {Z}_2\)graded algebras (with the two operations on the right considered on nongraded vector spaces).
Remark 2.4
2.2 Graded ringed space
Definition 2.5
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ringed space S is a pair \((S,{\mathscr {O}}_S)\) such that S is a topological space and \({\mathscr {O}}_S\) is a sheaf of associative unital gradedcommutative \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded rings, called the structure sheaf of S. A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded locally ringed space is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ringed space \(S=(S,{\mathscr {O}}_S)\) whose stalks \({\mathscr {O}}_{S,x}\) are local graded rings for all \(x \in S\).
Example 2.6
Any locally ringed space is a graded locally ringed space whose sheaf has only elements of degree zero.
Definition 2.7
A morphism of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ringed spaces \(\phi :(M,{\mathscr {F}})\rightarrow (N,{\mathscr {G}})\) is a pair Open image in new window , where Open image in new window is a morphism of topological spaces and \(\phi ^* :{\mathscr {G}}\rightarrow \phi _* {\mathscr {F}}\) is a morphism of sheaves of associative unital gradedcommutative \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded rings, which means that, for all \(V \in N\), it is a collection of morphisms Open image in new window .
A morphism of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded locally ringed spaces \(\phi :(M,{\mathscr {F}})\rightarrow (N,{\mathscr {G}})\) is a morphism of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded ringed spaces such that, for all \(x\in M\), the induced morphism on the stalk \(\phi _x :{\mathscr {G}}_{\phi (x)}\rightarrow {\mathscr {F}}_x\) is local, which means that \(\phi _x^{1}({\mathfrak {m}}_{_{M,x}}) = {\mathfrak {m}}_{_{N,\phi (x)}}\), where \({\mathfrak {m}}_{_{M,x}}\) (respectively \({\mathfrak {m}}_{_{N,\phi (x)}}\)) is the maximal homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {F}}_x\) (respectively \({\mathscr {G}}_{\phi (x)}\)).
Let \((M,{\mathscr {F}})\) and \((N,{\mathscr {G}})\) be two graded locally ringed spaces. Assume that for all \(x\in M\), there exists an open set \(V\subseteq M\) containing x and an open set \({\widetilde{V}}\subseteq N\) such that there exists an isomorphism of graded locally ringed spaces Open image in new window . Then, we say that the graded locally ringed space \((M,{\mathscr {F}})\) is locally isomorphic to \((N,{\mathscr {G}})\).
Example 2.8
A smooth manifold is a locally ringed space locally isomorphic to \((\mathbb {R}^n\!,{\mathscr {C}}^\infty _{\mathbb {R}^{n}})\). This can be rephrased as a local isomorphism of graded locally ringed spaces whose sheaves have only elements of degree zero.
2.3 Graded domain
Definition 2.9
Let Open image in new window be a sequence of nonnegative integers and Open image in new window be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space of dimension Open image in new window with \(p'_0=0\) and Open image in new window otherwise. We say that Open image in new window is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain of dimension Open image in new window , if U is an open subset of \(\mathbb {R}^{p_0}\) and for all \(V\subseteq U\), Open image in new window .
Example 2.10
Let Open image in new window be a sequence of nonnegative integers. We write Open image in new window to indicate the graded domain of dimension Open image in new window and topological space \(\mathbb {R}^{p_0}\).
Let \({\mathscr {J}}(V)\) be the ideal generated by all sections with nonzero degree on the open subset V. The map \(\pi _1:{\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\rightarrow {\mathscr {C}}^\infty _{U}(V):f\mapsto f_0\), with \(f_0\) defined in (2), admits \({\mathscr {J}}(V)\) as kernel. Moreover, it is a left inverse for the embedding \({\mathscr {C}}^\infty _{U}(V)\rightarrow {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\).
If we write \(\pi \) for the canonical projection \({\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\rightarrow {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)/{\mathscr {J}}(V)\), then \(\pi _1\) implies the existence of an isomorphism between \({\mathscr {C}}_U^\infty (V)\) and \({\mathscr {O}}_U(V)/{\mathscr {J}}(V)\) as shown in the following diagram:
The map \(\pi _1\) can be used for evaluating a section at a point \(x\in V\). It is the value at x.
Definition 2.11
Let Open image in new window be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain of dimension Open image in new window and \(V\subseteq U\) be an open subset. Let \(x\in V\) and \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\). The value (or evaluation) of f at x is defined as \(f(x)=\pi _1(f)(x)\in \mathbb {R}\).
The ideal of sections with null value at \(x\in V\), written as \({\mathscr {I}}_x(V)\), is given by Open image in new window . Remark that \({\mathscr {J}}(V)\subseteq {\mathscr {I}}_x(V)\). For any \(r\in \mathbb {N}^\times \), we can define \({\mathscr {I}}_x^r(V)\) as \(\{f\in {\mathscr {O}}_{U}(V):\exists f_1,\ldots ,f_r\in {\mathscr {I}}_x(V), \, f=f_1\cdots f_r\}\).
Lemma 2.12
(Hadamard’s lemma) Let Open image in new window be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain of dimension Open image in new window with global coordinate system Open image in new window . Consider an open subset \(V\subseteq U\), a point \(x\in V\) and a section \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\). Then, for all \(k\in \mathbb {N}\), there exists a polynomial \(P_{k,x}\) of degree k in the variables Open image in new window and \((w_\alpha )_{\alpha }\) such that \(f  P_{k,x} \in {\mathscr {I}}_x^{k+1}(V)\).
Proof
Recall that, if \(g\in {\mathscr {C}}_U^\infty (V)\) is a smooth function in \(t=(t_1,\ldots ,t_{p_0})\), one can take its Taylor series of order \(r\in \mathbb {N}\) at x, written as \(T_{x}^r(g;t)\). It is a polynomial of order r that satisfies \(g(t)=T_{x}^r(g;t)+S_{x}^r(g;t)\) for \(S_{x}^r(g;t)\) a sum of elements of the form Open image in new window with h smooth and \(Q_x^r(t)\) a homogeneous polynomial of order \(r+1\) in the variables Open image in new window .
Proposition 2.13
Proof
We show that, if \(f,g\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\) are two sections such that for all \(k\in \mathbb {N}\), \(fg\in {\mathscr {I}}_x^{k+1}(V)\) for all \(x\in V\), then \(f=g\).
Proposition 2.14
Let Open image in new window be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain of dimension Open image in new window with global coordinate system Open image in new window . Consider an open subset \(V\subseteq U\) and a point \(x\in V\). Then Open image in new window .
Proof
Proposition 2.15
Consider an open subset \(V\subseteq U\) and a point \(x\in V\). Then, Open image in new window . Moreover, the projection on constant sections \({\text {ev}}_x:{\mathscr {O}}_{U}(V)\rightarrow \mathbb {R}\) calculates the value of every section.
Proof
Remark that a section \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\) can be written as \(f=(ff(x))+f(x)\), where Open image in new window is a multiple of the unit section \(1_V\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\). Besides, one can see that the section \(ff(x)\) has value 0 at x. Hence f can be written as a sum of a constant section and an element of \({\mathscr {I}}_x(V)\) and we obtain that Open image in new window . Under these notations, we have Open image in new window . The second statement follows directly. \(\square \)
At a point x of a graded domain Open image in new window , we write the elements of the stalk, called germs, as \([f]_x\in {\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). The evaluation is defined on germs in the same manner as it is done for sections. We denote the ideal generated by all germs with nonzero degree by \({\mathscr {J}}_x\), and the ideal of germs with null value by \({\mathscr {I}}_x\). These two ideals can be obtained by inducing the ideals \({\mathscr {J}}(V)\) and \({\mathscr {I}}_x(V)\) on the stalk.
Remark 2.16
The statements in Lemma 2.12 as well as Propositions 2.13, 2.14 and 2.15 can be reformulated for germs. In particular, we get that \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) is a homogeneous ideal such that Open image in new window .
Lemma 2.17
\({\mathscr {I}}_x\) is the unique maximal homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\).
Proof
The decomposition Open image in new window ensures that \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) is a maximal homogeneous ideal.
Assume that \({\mathfrak {m}}\) is another maximal homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). Then, there exists a homogeneous element \([f]_x\) which is in \({\mathfrak {m}}\) but not in \({\mathscr {I}}_x\). Since \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) contains the ideal \({\mathscr {J}}_x\) generated by all germs of nonzero degree, \([f]_x\) is a germ of degree zero.
By maximality of \({\mathscr {I}}_x\), the ideal \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x} [f]_x + {\mathscr {I}}_x\) is \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). Therefore, there exist Open image in new window and Open image in new window , both of degree zero, such that Open image in new window . If we take the value of the germs at x, the equality gives that Open image in new window since Open image in new window . Thus, setting \(a=[f]_x(x)\), we have Open image in new window . According to the decomposition Open image in new window , we have that \([f]_x=a+[{\widetilde{f}}]_x\) with some \([{\widetilde{f}}]_x\in {\mathscr {I}}_x\) of degree zero.
Take a section \({\widetilde{f}}\) defined in a neighbourhood of x which represents \([{\widetilde{f}}]_x\) and set Open image in new window . On the stalk \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\), we find that \([F]_x[f]_x=1\). Since \({\mathfrak {m}}\) is an ideal, this equality implies that \(1\in {\mathfrak {m}}\). Thus, we have \({\mathfrak {m}}={\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). Hence \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) is the unique maximal homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). \(\square \)
Theorem 2.18
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded locally ringed space.
Proof
By Definition 2.9, a graded domain is a graded ringed space. The locality of the stalks follows from Lemma 2.17. \(\square \)
Remark 2.19
An alternative definition of graded domain can be given. We can set the sheaf to be Open image in new window , namely we do not consider formal power series in the graded coordinates but only polynomials. Then, in general, the ideal \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) of germs with null value is not the unique maximal homogeneous ideal of \({\mathscr {O}}_{U,x}\). For example, the homogeneous ideal Open image in new window (where w is a nonnilpotent element of degree 0 which is a product of local coordinates of nonzero degree) is contained in a maximal homogeneous ideal different from \({\mathscr {I}}_x\), as the germ Open image in new window has value 1. Thus, the stalks of this alternative graded domain are not local. Nevertheless, they are \(\pi \)local: \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) is the only maximal homogeneous ideal of Open image in new window which projects onto the maximal ideal of \({\mathscr {C}}^\infty _{U,x}\). Though this definition can be chosen, it limits the study of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds since a local expression of the form \(f(t+w)\) would not always admit a finite power series in w, which is an obstacle to introduce differentiability.
3 Graded manifold
3.1 Definition
Definition 3.1
Let M be a Hausdorff secondcountable topological space and \({\mathscr {O}}_{M}\) be a sheaf of associative unital gradedcommutative \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded algebras on M, such that \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_{M})\) is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded locally ringed space. Moreover, let Open image in new window be a sequence of nonnegative integers. We say that M is a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold of dimension Open image in new window , if there exists a local isomorphism of \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded locally ringed spaces \(\phi \) between M and Open image in new window . We say that an open subset \(V\subseteq M\) is a trivialising open set if the restriction of \(\phi \) to V, written \(\phi _V\), is an isomorphism of graded locally ringed spaces between Open image in new window and its image in \(\mathbb {R}^{(p_j)}\).
If a sequence Open image in new window is a global coordinate system on the \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded domain Open image in new window , its pullbacks on trivialising open sets form a local coordinate system on M. By abuse of notation, one says that Open image in new window is a local coordinate system on M. Morphisms of graded manifolds are defined as morphisms of graded locally ringed spaces.
Remark 3.2
Alternatively, one can define a graded manifold as a graded \(\pi \)locally ringed space (i.e. stalks are \(\pi \)local graded rings), locally isomorphic to the alternative graded domains defined in Remark 2.19. Full development of such a definition is left to the interested reader.
Example 3.3

\({\mathscr {O}}_{E[k]}(V)\) equals Open image in new window if k is odd,

\({\mathscr {O}}_{E[k]}(V)\) equals Open image in new window if k is even,
The graded manifold in Example 3.3 is usually denoted by Open image in new window . We prefer to use a different notation in these notes so that such a graded manifold obtained from a shift is written differently than a lifted graded vector space.
Remark 3.4
One can define \(\mathbb {N}\)graded manifolds as \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds whose dimension is indexed by \(\mathbb {N}\). Therefore, any homogeneous section has nonnegative degree. This leads to an interesting property: on an \(\mathbb {N}\)graded manifold, there does not exist a section of degree zero which can be obtained as a product of sections of nonzero degree. This means that the locality and the \(\pi \)locality of the stalks are equivalent conditions. Hence, \(\mathbb {N}\)graded manifolds do not require the introduction of formal series to be studied, unlike \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds (see Remarks 2.19 and 3.2). Another difference between \(\mathbb {N}\) and \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds is that there exists a Batchelortype theorem on \(\mathbb {N}\)graded manifolds [3]. It is not known if an analogous result holds for \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifolds.
3.2 Properties
Let \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_{M})\) be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold and take a point \(x\in M\). By definition, the stalk \({\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}\) is a local graded ring which admits a maximal homogeneous ideal \({\mathfrak {m}}_x\). Using the isomorphism \(\phi \) of a trivialising open set around x with a graded domain \((U,{\mathscr {O}}_U)\), we get two canonical algebra isomorphisms: \({\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}/{\mathfrak {m}}_{x}\simeq {\mathscr {O}}_{U,\phi (x)}/{\mathscr {I}}_{\phi (x)}\simeq \mathbb {R}\). We set \({\text {ev}}_x:{\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}\rightarrow \mathbb {R}\) to denote the composition of the projection \({\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}\rightarrow {\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}/{\mathfrak {m}}_{x}\) with the above isomorphism.
Definition 3.5
Let \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_M)\) be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold of dimension Open image in new window , \(V\subseteq M\) an open subset and \(x\in V\). Set \({\mathfrak {m}}_x\) to indicate the maximal ideal of \({\mathscr {O}}_{M,x}\). For every section \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_M(V)\), the value (or evaluation) of f at x is given by \(f(x)={\text {ev}}_x([f]_x)\), where \([f]_x\) is the germ of f at x.
From the definition above, the ideal of sections with null value \({\mathscr {I}}_x\) at x can be defined on the graded manifold as the kernel of \({\text {ev}}_x\). Moreover, if \(V\subseteq M\) is a trivialising open set, Hadamard’s Lemma 2.12 and Proposition 2.13 hold on V.
Although it is not used for defining the value on a graded manifold, the ideal generated by all sections with nonzero degree exists. We write \({\mathscr {J}}(V)\) to denote this ideal on an open subset V of a graded manifold M. If V is a trivialising open set, for any section \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_{M}(V)\) we set \({\widetilde{f}}\) to indicate the element \(\pi _1(f)\in {\mathscr {C}}^\infty (V)\) (see Sect. 2.3). Under this notation, the following partition of unity result holds true:
Proposition 3.6

\(g_\beta \in ({\mathscr {O}}_M(M))_0\),

\(\sum g_\beta =1\) and \({\widetilde{g}}_\beta \geqslant 0\).
The proof of this proposition is exactly the same as the one for the partition of unity on a supermanifold [4].
Let \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_M)\) be a graded manifold. We can use Proposition 3.6 to show that the presheaf \({\mathscr {O}}_M/{\mathscr {J}}:V\mapsto {\mathscr {O}}_M(V)/{\mathscr {J}}(V)\), where \(V\subseteq M\), is a sheaf. Note that \({\mathscr {O}}_M\) is \(\pi \)local since it is local. Therefore the stalks of \({\mathscr {O}}_M/{\mathscr {J}}\) are local. Hence, \({\mathscr {O}}_M/{\mathscr {J}}\) is a sheaf locally isomorphic to \({\mathscr {C}}^\infty _{\mathbb {R}^{p_0}}\) and we get that \((M,{\mathscr {O}}_M/{\mathscr {J}})\) is a smooth manifold. Thus, one can assume from the beginning that a graded manifold has an underlying structure of smooth manifold. This justifies the frequent definition of graded manifold found in the literature, which considers graded manifolds as smooth manifolds, whose sheaves are modified to encompass an additional structure of graded algebra.
Remark 3.7
In recent developments (see [1, 15]) formal polynomial functions on graded manifolds have been considered with respect to a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space that has a nontrivial part of degree zero. This means that, in Definition 3.1, we could choose \({\mathscr {W}}\) such that \(\dim {\mathscr {W}}_0\geqslant 1\). In that case, the underlying structure of smooth manifold still exists, but one has to obtain it from the morphism \(\pi _1\) instead of \(\pi \) (see Sect. 2.3) as their images are no longer isomorphic.
3.3 Vector fields
Definition 3.8
A vector field X on a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_M)\) of dimension Open image in new window is an \(\mathbb {R}\)linear derivation of \({\mathscr {O}}_M\), i.e. a family of mappings \(X_V:{\mathscr {O}}_M(V)\rightarrow {\mathscr {O}}_M(V)\) for all open subsets \(V\subseteq M\), compatible with the sheaf restriction morphism and that satisfies \(X_V=\sum _{k\in \mathbb {Z}} X_V^k\), where \(X_V^k\) is a derivation of degree k. We say that X is graded of degree k if \(X_V=X_V^k\) for all \(V\subseteq M\).
The graded tangent bundle \({\text {Vec}}_M\) of M is the sheaf whose sections are the vector fields. It assigns to every open subset \(V\subseteq M\) the graded vector space of derivations on Open image in new window .
Lemma 3.9
Proof
Let Open image in new window be a vector field. For all open subsets \(V\subseteq U\) and every \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\), fX is a derivation on \({\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\). Therefore Open image in new window is a sheaf of \({\mathscr {O}}_U\)modules. The fact that it is free and (6) are consequences of the existence of a graded basis, which is obtained below.
Our aim is to show that D is null on all sections. Take an open subset \(V\subseteq U\) and a section \(f\in {\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\). From Lemma 2.12 we have that, for all \(n\geqslant 0\), there exists a polynomial \(P_{n,x}\) of degree n in the global coordinates such that Open image in new window . We set \(h=fP_{n,x}\).
Notice that for any vector field Y we have Open image in new window for \(n\geqslant 1\). Since D vanishes on every polynomial in Open image in new window and \((w_\alpha )_\alpha \), we have by linearity that Open image in new window . Since this is true for all \(n\geqslant 1\) and any point \(x\in V\), Proposition 2.13 gives that \(D(f)=0\) on U. As f is any section of \({\mathscr {O}}_U(V)\) and V is any open set, we have proved that \(D=0\).
It remains to show that the decomposition is unique. Assume that \({\widetilde{X}}\) is another decomposition of X such that Open image in new window . The relations Open image in new window and \(({\widetilde{X}}{\widehat{X}})(w_\alpha )=0\) imply that Open image in new window and \(g_\alpha =X(w_\alpha )\). \(\square \)
The following result is a consequence of Definition 3.1 and Lemma 3.9:
Theorem 3.10
Remark 3.11
The graded tangent bundle of a graded manifold can be turned into a sheaf of graded Lie algebras if it is endowed with the graded commutator Open image in new window .
Remark 3.12
Contrary to the case of a smooth manifold, it is usually not possible to recover a vector field from the tangent vectors that it defines at all points. Indeed, assume that a graded manifold M admits \((t_1,w_1)\) as local coordinates of respective degrees 0 and 1. Consider the vector field X given locally by \(X={\partial }/{\partial t_1}+w_1 {\partial }/{\partial w_1}\). Then the induced tangent vector at \(x\in M\) satisfies Open image in new window , where Open image in new window . It is clearly impossible to recover X from this expression, even if we know the tangent vectors \(X_x\) for all \(x\in M\).
4 Application to differential graded manifolds
Definition 4.1
Let \(M=(M,{\mathscr {O}}_M)\) be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold of dimension Open image in new window . A vector field \(Q \in {\text {Vec}}_M\) is homological if it has degree \(+1\) and commutes with itself under the graded commutator: Open image in new window .
A \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded manifold M endowed with a homological vector field Q is said to be a differential graded manifold or a Qmanifold. We write it (M, Q) and we refer to it as a dgmanifold.
Example 4.2
Let M be a smooth manifold of dimension n and let \(\mathrm{\Omega }\) be the sheaf of its differential forms. The graded manifold \({\mathfrak {G}}_{TM[1]}=(M,\mathrm{\Omega })\) has dimension \((p_{j})_{j\in \mathbb {Z}}\), with Open image in new window if \(j=0,1\) and Open image in new window otherwise. If \((x_i)_{i=1}^n\) are local coordinates on M, then \((x_i,dx_i)_{i=1}^n\) is a local coordinate system on \({\mathfrak {G}}_{TM[1]}\) whose degrees are respectively 0 and 1. The exterior differential d is a vector field on \({\mathfrak {G}}_{TM[1]}\), since its restriction on any open set \(V\subseteq M\) is a derivation of \(\mathrm{\Omega }(V)\). It is given locally by Open image in new window . One can compute that Open image in new window and Open image in new window . Therefore, \(({\mathfrak {G}}_{TM[1]},d)\) is a dgmanifold.
Several geometricoalgebraic structures can be encoded in terms of dgmanifolds. The easiest example is certainly the Lie algebra structures on a vector space.
Theorem 4.3
Let \({\mathscr {V}}_0\) be a vector space. Then the structures of Lie algebra on \({\mathscr {V}}_0\) are in onetoone correspondence with the homological vector fields on Open image in new window .
If \({\mathscr {V}}_0\) is a Lie algebra, one can show that its Chevalley–Eilenberg differential is a vector field of degree 1 which squares to zero. It endows \({\mathfrak {G}}_{{\mathscr {V}}_0[1]}\) with a homological vector field. Conversely, one can construct a Lie bracket, known as the derived bracket, from the homological vector field. This construction is detailed in [10].
In fact, Theorem 4.3 can be seen as a corollary of two more general correspondences. If we consider an arbitrary \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space, we have
Theorem 4.4
Let \({\mathscr {V}}\) be a \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded vector space such that \(\dim {\mathscr {V}}_i=0\) for all \(i\leqslant 0\). Then the structures of strongly homotopy Lie algebra^{1} on \({\mathscr {V}}\) are in onetoone correspondence with the homological vector fields on Open image in new window .
Our definition of \({\mathscr {V}}\) being a strongly homotopy Lie algebra is that Open image in new window admits a shLie structure as stated by Lada and Stasheff in [13]. The proof for Theorem 4.3 strictly follows the correspondence of such structures with degree \(+1\) differentials on the free graded algebra \({\mathbf {S}} (\mathrm{\Pi } {\mathscr {V}}^*)\). It was proved in [13] that each strongly homotopy Lie algebra implies the existence of a differential, while the converse can be found in [12]. We refer to [18, Section 6.1] for additional details on this relation. Note that T. Voronov has provided an analogous definition in \(\mathbb {Z}_2\)settings, which gives an equivalent result for supermanifolds [23, 24].
An alternative generalization of Theorem 4.3 is to allow a nontrivial underlying topological space:
Theorem 4.5
Let \(E\rightarrow M\) be a real vector bundle. Then the structures of real Lie algebroid on E are in onetoone correspondence with the homological vector fields on Open image in new window .
This theorem is due to Vaĭntrob [20] in the framework of supermanifolds. The proof is exactly the same in the \(\mathbb {Z}\)graded case, since there are no local coordinates of even nonzero degree on \({\mathfrak {G}}_{E[1]}\) (see e.g. [8]).
To conclude, the interested reader is invited to find in [3] another general equivalence. It links Lie nalgebroids to \(\mathbb {N}\)graded manifolds (with a homological vector field and generators of degree at most n), for all \(n\in \mathbb {N}^\times \).
Footnotes
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Also known as \(L_\infty \)algebra.
Notes
Acknowledgements
This work is based on the Master’s thesis submitted by the author at the Universitá Catholique de Louvain in June 2015. The author is very grateful to JeanPhilippe Michel for lots of useful discussions and for his remarks on the different versions of this paper, and to Yannick Voglaire for bringing the material covered in Remark 3.7 to author’s attention. The author also thanks Jim Stasheff and the referees for useful suggestions. Part of the writing up of this paper was done with the support of a University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Research Scholarship.
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