On the geometry of multi-Dirac structures and Gerstenhaber algebras

Joris Vankerschaver*, Hiroaki Yoshimura, Melvin Leok

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In a companion paper, we introduced a notion of multi-Dirac structures, a graded version of Dirac structures, and we discussed their relevance for classical field theories. In the current paper we focus on the geometry of multi-Dirac structures. After recalling the basic definitions, we introduce a graded multiplication and a multi-Courant bracket on the space of sections of a multi-Dirac structure, so that the space of sections has the structure of a Gerstenhaber algebra. We then show that the graph of a k-form on a manifold gives rise to a multi-Dirac structure and also that this multi-Dirac structure is integrable if and only if the corresponding form is closed. Finally, we show that the multi-Courant bracket endows a subset of the ring of differential forms with a graded Poisson bracket, and we relate this bracket to some of the multisymplectic brackets found in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1425
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geometry and Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug


  • Classical field theories
  • Multi-Dirac structures
  • Multisymplectic forms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Geometry and Topology


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