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  Representations of subalgebra in the super virasoro algebra

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In the Virasoro algebra, which is generated by $L_n$, one has the obvious subalgebra spanned by $L_{-1}$ ,$L_{1}$ and $L_{0}$ which is isomorphic to the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{R})$.

The Neveu schwarz super virasoro algebra, as defined in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Virasoro_algebra, is generated by $L_n$ and $G_r$ with $r$ half integer. Here we also have a subalgebra if we restrict to $L_0$, $L_1$ and $L_{-1}$ and $G_{\pm\frac{1}{2}}$.

My question is, what is this algebra called? Does it also have a (super)matrix representation, that naturally extends $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{R})$?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2015-01-11 19:23 (UTC), posted by SE-user user2133437
asked Jan 9, 2015 in Theoretical Physics by user2133437 (55 points) [ no revision ]

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The (super-)algebra you are referring to is called $\mathfrak{osp}(1,2)$, where osp stands for orthosymplectic. I am not sure about the matrix representation, but a google search about "orthosymplectic superalgebra" will give you plenty of references.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2015-01-11 19:23 (UTC), posted by SE-user Heterotic
answered Jan 10, 2015 by Heterotic (525 points) [ no revision ]

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