Generalized Geometry and Symmetries


Principal Investigator: Larisa Jonke
PI's Host institution for the project: Rudjer Bošković Institute
Project duration: 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019.


The unification of Einstein's theory of general relativity with quantum physics represents one of the greatest challenges of modern theoretical physics. A hypothesis common to all research directions aiming at understanding the quantum theory of gravity is that our description of space-time geometry has to go beyond the classical picture of space-time as a differentiable manifold. Within this project we are interested in generalized concepts of geometry, physically motivated by string theory: generalized complex geometry and non-commutative geometry. We aim at improving our understanding on how these generalized notions of geometry could be utilized to obtain consistent extensions of symmetry principles. In particular, we are interested in extending the gauge principle, the key physical notion used to describe known matter interactions, in view of the above generalizations of classical geometry. Our goal is to capture the effects of string duality symmetries, non-commutative gauge theory and higher gauge theories at the level of the effective field theory description, which is necessary in order to perform reliable calculations and yield experimentally testable predictions. We expect that geometrizing these generalized symmetries would provide us, as a long-term perspective, with a consistent framework within which one could address open issues in cosmology and black hole physics.


Dr. Larisa Jonke

Senior Research Associate, RBI

Dr. Danijel Jurman

Research Associate, RBI

Dr. Ivan Andrić

Senior Research Associate (retired)


BRST symmetry of doubled membrane sigma-models

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Clay J. Grewcoe, Larisa Jonke, Fech Scen Khoo, Richard J. Szabo


Quasinormal modes of compact objects in alternative theories of gravity

Jose Luis Blázquez-Salcedo, Zahra Altaha Motahar, Daniela D. Doneva, Fech Scen Khoo, Jutta Kunz, Sindy Mojica, Kalin V. Staykov, Stoytcho S. Yazadjiev

Eur. Phys. J. Plus (2019) 134: 46, arXiv:1810.09432[gr-qc]

Gravity as a Gauge Theory on Three-Dimensional Noncommutative spaces

Danijel Jurman, George Manolakos, Pantelis Manousselis, George Zoupanos

PoS CORFU2017 (2018) 162 arXiv:1809.03879[gr-qc]

Noncommutative Gauge Theory and Gravity in Three Dimensions

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Larisa Jonke, Danijel Jurman, George Manolakos, Pantelis Manousselis, George Zoupanos

Fortsch. Phys. 66 (2018) 1800047, arXiv:1802.07550[hep-th]

Double Field Theory and Membrane Sigma-Models

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Larisa Jonke, Fech Scen Khoo, Richard J. Szabo

JHEP 1807 (2018) 015, arXiv:1802.07003[hep-th]

Gauging as constraining: the universal generalised geometry action in two dimensions

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Andreas Deser, Larisa Jonke, Thomas Strobl

PoS (CORFU2016) 087, arXiv:1705.05007 [hep-th]

Tensor Galileons and Gravity

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Fech Scen Khoo, Diederik Roest, Peter Schupp

JHEP 1703 (2017) 070, arXiv:1612.05991 [hep-th]

Strings in Singular Space-Times and their Universal Gauge Theory

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Andreas Deser, Larisa Jonke, Thomas Strobl

Ann. Henri Poincaré 18 (2017) 2641, arXiv:1608.03250 [math-ph]

Non-isometric T-duality from gauged sigma models

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis

PoS CORFU2015 (2016) 085, arXiv:1604.03739 [hep-th]

Beyond the standard gauging: gauge symmetries of Dirac Sigma Models

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Andreas Deser, Larisa Jonke, Thomas Strobl

JHEP 1608 (2016) 172, arXiv:1607.00342 [hep-th]

T-duality without isometry via extended gauge symmetries of 2D sigma models

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Andreas Deser, Larisa Jonke

JHEP 1601 (2016) 154, arXiv:1509.01829 [hep-th]

Sigma models for genuinely non-geometric backgrounds

Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis, Larisa Jonke, Olaf Lechtenfeld

JHEP 1511 (2015) 182, arXiv:1505.05457 [hep-th]

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