Supergravity is a classical supersymmetric unification theory. It appears in low-energy classical limits of string-theory.

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Do exact beta functions exist in (super)gravity theories and string theory?

An exact beta function exists for Super-Yang-Mills theories in 4D without matter - the so-called NSVZ beta function. Does a similar exact beta-function exist in gravity or supergravity theories? In ...
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Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free

I came upon the concept of irreducible vector-spinors while trying to simplify an expression involving the gravitino field. It is claimed that an irredicible vector-spinor is gamma-traceless, i.e. $$ ...
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Does the covariant derivative of a derivative of the metric vanish?

The title holds the main question. For a little more backgroud: In a calculation I keep coming across terms of the form $$ D_M \partial_N e_P^A \overset{?}{=} 0$$ where $e_P^A$ is the vielbein and ...
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Kähler and complex manifolds

I was woundering if anyone knows any good references about Kähler and complex manifolds? I'm studying supergravity theories and for the simplest $\mathcal{N}=1$ supergravity we'll get these. Now in ...
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Moduli Stabilization in 6D Einstein-Maxwell theory - Fluxes and O3 planes

I'd like to do the maths for the moduli stabilization of 6D Einstein-Maxwell Gravity $$ S= \int d^6X \sqrt{-G_6}(M_6^4R_6[G_6]-M_6^2|F_2|^2), $$ where the 6D metric is specified by $$ ds^2 = ...
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Betti multiplets in Kaluza Klein compactifications

It is well known that if the compactification manifold of a supergravity theory has non-zero Betti numbers, this may lead to the so called Betti multiplets in the spectrum of the low dimensional ...
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What's the Noether charge associated with Kaehler invariance of SuGra?

The title basically sais it all: What is the Nother charge associated with Kaehler invariance of SuGra? As the question is rather tangential to what I need to do, I have not tried explicitly ...
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Is there an intuitive way of thinking about the extra dimensions in M-Theory?

Why are 11 dimensions needed in M-Theory? The four I know (three spatial ones plus time) have an intuitive meaning in everyday life. How can I think of the other seven? What is their nature (spatial, ...
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SuperConformal approach to SuperGravity

In the book (Supergravity - Daniel Z.Freedman & Antoine Van Proeyen - Cambridge), there are (Chapters 16-17) a presentation of pure supergravity or supergravity with matter, from a SuperConformal ...
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Obtaining supergravity from gauging global supersymmetry

On page 92, my still favorite supersymmetry book says, by making the global infinitisimal parameter of a SUSY tranformation spacetitime dependent (gauging) it forces one to introduce a new gauge field ...
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IIA and IIB Compact on 8D

How can compactifying IIA (non-Chiral) and IIB (Chiral) Superstring on $T^2$ (2-torus) gives rise to ($2$ dual descriptions of) the same $\mathcal N = 2$ supergravity in $8$ dimensions? I don't see ...
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What is on the AdS side in AdS/CFT supergravity or string theory?

What really is on the AdS side in AdS/CFT, does it always have to be string theory or is sometimes supergravity "enough" or better suited to do calculations? From the answers to my earlier question, ...
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Is it possible to derive the brane action in pure supergravity?

The branes that source the RR fields of supergravity are described by the DBI action plus a CS term. I know this only from superstring considerations. Is there a way to find this result without ...
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Bosonic-Fermionic interactions in supersymmetry

There are a lot of supersymmetric theories, and, sometimes,in the Lagrangian, there are interacting terms between bosonic and fermionic degrees of freedom, and sometimes not. Why ? For instance, for ...
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Construction of the supergravity side explicitly in gauge/gravity dualities

Although the motivation of this question comes from the AdS/CFT correspondence, it actually is related to a more general principle of gauge/gravity duality. We know from Maldacena's conjecture that a ...
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Can Divergences in Nonrenormalizable Theories Always Be Absorbed by (An Infinite Number of) Counterterms?

For example, consider the $\phi^3$ theory in $d=8$, with Lagrangian: $\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi-\frac{1}{2}m^{2}\phi^{2}-\frac{1}{3!}\lambda_{3}\phi^{3}$. In 8 ...
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Why does in string theory the amount of supersymmetry have to be $\cal{N} \leq 2 $?

Why is this, that in string theory the maximum amount of supersymmetry is $\cal{N} = 2$, whereas in supergravity one can have up to $\cal{N} = 8$ ?
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Supersymmetry calculations using computer algebra

Already the early papers on supergravity were written using computer algebra software to do some calculations. What modern packages do people normally use for doing such calculations? Of course ...
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Hybrid Inflation and Supergravity

Is it necessary to add a constant term in the superpotential of hybrid inflation within supergravity in order to cancel SUSY vacuum energy at the end of inflation?
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Divergence in Supergravity

I'm not familiar with supergravity so here's my question: I've heard in talks that if one finds divergence for five-loop 4-graviton scattering amplitudes in five dimensions this translates to a ...
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Boundary conditions in AdS/CFT

This question is in reference to this very famous paper of Witten. In general through the whole paper why is the author able to just focus on the scalar field propagating in the bulk and not need ...
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What is the generalization, if any, of the weak and dominant energy conditions to SUGRA?

In standard general relativity, we have the null energy condition, the weak energy condition related to stability, and the dominant energy condition related to forbidding superluminal causal ...
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Why doesn't the anthropic principle select for N=2 SUSY compactifications with an exactly zero cosmological constant?

The party line of the anthropic camp goes something like this. There are at least $10^{500}$ flux compactifications breaking SUSY out there with all sorts of values for the cosmological constant. Life ...
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Supergroup action on $AdS_5XS^5$

In the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence I was trying to understand how the symmetry group of the underlying space $AdS_5 X S^5$ comes out to be the supergroup $SU(2,2|4)$. I can see how the ...
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Gravitating sigma models

I am looking for a review or book on sigma models in (super)gravity theories, which arise from dimensional reduction.
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Significance of massive states in string theory

A free superstring has an infinite tower of states with increasing mass. The massless states correspond to the fields of the corresponding SUGRA. In "Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for ...
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Superconformal Multiplet Calculus in 6D

A convenient method for dealing with off-shell formulations of supergravity theories is provided by the superconformal multiplet calculus. This calculus was originally constructed for 4d ${\cal N}=2$ ...
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Modern avatar of Englert's solution?

Bosonic solutions of eleven-dimensional supergravity were studied in the 1980s in the context of Kaluza-Klein supergravity. The topic received renewed attention in the mid-to-late 1990s as a result ...
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Supergravity calculation using computer algebra system in early days

I was having a look at the original paper on supergravity by Ferrara, Freedman and van Nieuwenhuizen available here. The abstract has an interesting line saying that Added note: This term has now ...
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Katz and Vafa's work on F-theory

I would like to know about the larger picture, current state and future prospects of the sequence of papers that were written by Sheldon Katz and Cumrun Vafa on F-theory. (Freddy Cachazo was also a ...
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Tachyonic complex structure directions in flux vacua

In flux compactifications to 4D, e.g. Type IIB on a CY orientifold $X$, one uses fluxes to stabilize the axio-dilaton $\tau$ and the complex structure moduli $z_a$ - the periods of the holomorphic ...
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Is there any way to distinguish experimentally gauge mediation from gravity mediation in an unambiguous way?

There are lots of models of gravity mediated SUSY breaking with various spectra as well as various general gauge mediation models. Are there any "smoking gun" experimental singnatures that could ...
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Gravitational and gauge-gravitational anomalies in N=1 D=4 supergravity coupled to a SUSY gauge theory with chiral matter

When people talk about the first superstring revolution they often mention the miraculous cancellation of anomalies via the Green Schwarz mechanism. My question is whether such a string-theoretic ...
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Why is stringless supergravity not considered by many to be a candidate theory of quantum gravity?

This paper seems to show that $d=4, N=8$ supergravity is finite. Yet the paper only has three citations in spires, and I certainly haven't heard talk of a new candidate theory of gravity. Why ...
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Steps for going from Polyakov action to low-energy effective action (SUGRA?) in String Theory

A lot of string-theory questions have been asked here. This one is, hopefully, different in that this inquiry is specific and the expected answer would be more mathematical than philosophical in ...