Handbook of Pseudo-Riemannian Geometry and Supersymmetry

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pp: 149–181

DOI: 10.4171/079-1/5

Special geometry, black holes and Euclidean supersymmetry

Thomas Mohaupt[1]

(1) University of Liverpool, UK

We review recent developments in special geometry and explain its role in the theory of supersymmetric black holes. To make this article self-contained, a short introduction to black holes is given, with emphasis on the laws of black hole mechanics and black hole entropy. We also summarize the existing results on the para-complex version of special geometry, which occurs in Euclidean supersymmetry. The role of real coordinates in special geometry is illustrated, and we briefly indicate how Euclidean supersymmetry can be used to study stationary black hole solutions via dimensional reduction over time.

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