Oscillator-like unitary representations of non-compact groups with a jordan structure and the non-compact groups of supergravity

M. Günaydin, C. Saçlioglu

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Abstract

We give a general bosonic construction of oscillator-like unitary irreducible representations (UIR) of non-compact groups whose coset spaces with respect to their maximal compact subgroups are Hermitian symmetric. With the exception of E7(7), they include all the non-compact invariance groups of extended supergravity theories in four dimensions. These representations have the remarkable property that each UIR is uniquely determined by an irreducible representation of the maximal compact subgroup. We study the connection between our construction, the Hermitian symmetric spaces and the Tits-Koecher construction of the Lie algebras of corresponding groups. We then give the bosonic construction of the Lie algebra of E7(7) in SU(8), SO(8) and U(7) bases and study its properties. Application of our method to E7(7) leads to reducible unitary representations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-179
Number of pages21
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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