{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Technical |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} In algebraic geometry, Graded manifolds are extensions of the manifold concept based on ideas coming from supersymmetry and supercommutative algebra. Both graded manifolds and supermanifolds are phrased in terms of sheaves of graded commutative algebras. However, graded manifolds are characterized by sheaves on smooth manifolds, while supermanifolds are constructed by gluing of sheaves of supervector spaces.

A graded manifold of dimension ${\displaystyle (n,m)}$ is defined as a locally ringed space ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$ where ${\displaystyle Z}$ is an ${\displaystyle n}$-dimensional smooth manifold and ${\displaystyle A}$ is a ${\displaystyle C_{Z}^{\infty }}$-sheaf of Grassmann algebras of rank ${\displaystyle m}$ where ${\displaystyle C_{Z}^{\infty }}$ is the sheaf of smooth real functions on ${\displaystyle Z}$. A sheaf ${\displaystyle A}$ is called the structure sheaf of a graded manifold ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$, and a manifold ${\displaystyle Z}$ is said to be the body of ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$. Sections of the sheaf ${\displaystyle A}$ are called graded functions on a graded manifold ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$. They make up a graded commutative ${\displaystyle C^{\infty }(Z)}$-ring ${\displaystyle A(Z)}$ called the structure ring of ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$. The well-known Batchelor theorem and Serre-Swan theorem characterize graded manifolds as follows.

### Serre-Swan theorem for graded manifolds

Let ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$ be a graded manifold. There exists a vector bundle ${\displaystyle E\to Z}$ with an ${\displaystyle m}$-dimensional typical fiber ${\displaystyle V}$ such that the structure sheaf ${\displaystyle A}$ of ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$ is isomorphic to the structure sheaf of sections of the exterior product ${\displaystyle \Lambda (E)}$ of ${\displaystyle E}$, whose typical fibre is the Grassmann algebra ${\displaystyle \Lambda (V)}$.

Let ${\displaystyle Z}$ be a smooth manifold. A graded commutative ${\displaystyle C^{\infty }(Z)}$-algebra is isomorphic to the structure ring of a graded manifold with a body ${\displaystyle Z}$ if and only if it is the exterior algebra of some projective ${\displaystyle C^{\infty }(Z)}$-module of finite rank.

Note that above mentioned Batchelor's isomorphism fails to be canonical, but it often is fixed from the beginning. In this case, every trivialization chart ${\displaystyle (U;z^{A},y^{a})}$ of the vector bundle ${\displaystyle E\to Z}$ yields a splitting domain ${\displaystyle (U;z^{A},c^{a})}$ of a graded manifold ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$, where ${\displaystyle \{c^{a}\}}$ is the fiber basis for ${\displaystyle E}$. Graded functions on such a chart are ${\displaystyle \Lambda (V)}$-valued functions

where ${\displaystyle f_{a_{1}\cdots a_{k}}(z)}$ are smooth real functions on ${\displaystyle U}$ and ${\displaystyle c^{a}}$ are odd generating elements of the Grassmann algebra ${\displaystyle \Lambda (V)}$.

Given a graded manifold ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$, graded derivations of the structure ring of graded functions ${\displaystyle A(Z)}$ are called graded vector fields on ${\displaystyle (Z,A)}$. They constitute a real Lie superalgebra ${\displaystyle \partial A(Z)}$ with respect to the superbracket

where ${\displaystyle [u]}$ denotes the Grassmann parity of ${\displaystyle u\in \partial A(Z)}$. Graded vector fields locally read

They act on graded functions ${\displaystyle f}$ by the rule

The ${\displaystyle A(Z)}$-dual of the module graded vector fields ${\displaystyle \partial A(Z)}$ is called the module of graded exterior one-forms ${\displaystyle O^{1}(Z)}$. Graded exterior one-forms locally read ${\displaystyle \phi =\phi _{A}dz^{A}+\phi _{a}dc^{a}}$ so that the duality (interior) product between ${\displaystyle \partial A(Z)}$ and ${\displaystyle O^{1}(Z)}$ takes the form

Provided with the graded exterior product

graded one-forms generate the graded exterior algebra ${\displaystyle O^{*}(Z)}$ of graded exterior forms on a graded manifold. They obey the relation

where ${\displaystyle |\phi |}$ denotes the form degree of ${\displaystyle \phi }$. The graded exterior algebra ${\displaystyle O^{*}(Z)}$ is a graded differential algebra with respect to the graded exterior differential

where the graded derivations ${\displaystyle \partial _{A}}$, ${\displaystyle \partial /\partial c^{a}}$ are graded commutative with the graded forms ${\displaystyle dz^{A}}$ and ${\displaystyle dc^{a}}$. There are the familiar relations

In the category of graded manifolds, one considers graded Lie groups, graded bundles and graded principal bundles. One also introduces the notion of jets of graded manifolds, but they differ from jets of graded bundles.

The differential calculus on graded manifolds is formulated as the differential calculus over graded commutative algebras similarly to the differential calculus over commutative algebras.

## Physical outcome

Due to the above-mentioned Serre-Swan theorem, odd classical fields on a smooth manifold are described in terms of graded manifolds. Extended to graded manifolds, the variational bicomplex provides the strict mathematical formulation of Lagrangian classical field theory and Lagrangian BRST theory.