A second-order self-adjoint operator $$\Delta =S\partial ^2+U$$ Δ = S ∂ 2 + U is uniquely defined by its principal symbol S and potential U if it acts on half-densities. We analyse the potential U as a compensating field (gauge field) in the sense that it compensates the action of coordinate transformations on the second derivatives in the same way as an affine connection compensates the action of coordinate transformations on first derivatives in the first-order operator, a covariant derivative, $$\nabla =\partial +\Gamma $$ ∇ = ∂ + Γ . Usually a potential U is derived from other geometrical constructions such as a volume form, an affine connection, or a Riemannian structure, etc. The story is different if $$\Delta $$ Δ is an odd operator on a supermanifold. In this case, the second-order potential becomes a primary object. For example, in the case of an odd symplectic supermanifold, the compensating field of the canonical odd Laplacian depends only on this symplectic structure and can be expressed by the formula obtained by K. Bering. We also study modular classes of odd Poisson manifolds via $$\Delta $$ Δ -operators, and consider an example of a non-trivial modular class which is related with the Nijenhuis bracket.
Letters in Mathematical Physics – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 25, 2017
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