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

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Why is 11 Dimensional SUGRA not a consistent quantum theory?

I am studying the $S$ duality between 11D supergravity and type IIA superstring theory from Adel Bilal’s paper. The author says: Of course, eleven dimensional supergravity is not expected to yield a ...
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Kaluza-Klein supermultiplet of 11D supergravity

I am studying Adel Belali's review paper "M(atrix) theory: a pedagogical introduction" for my undergraduate thesis. In the third lecture, part one, we dimensionally reduce 11D supergravity ...
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Relationship between scaling dimension and mass in AdS/CFT

I've been reading Horatiu Nastase's notes on AdS/CFT, but I was confused about a certain relationship he claimed. If we compactify supergravity on $AdS_5\times S^5$, we may expand the fields in Kaluza-...
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How does one get supergravity from string theory? [duplicate]

I know one can get the Fermi theory of weak interactions as a low energy effective theory of the electroweak interaction by writing down Feynman amplitudes for weak decay processes, noting that $\...
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What does preserve a fraction of supersymmetry mean for black holes?

It is often mentioned in the literature that BPS black holes preserving some fraction of supersymmetry, eg $1/8$, $1/4$ and $1/2$. In the paper: BPS States with Extra Supersymmetry, by Jerome P. ...
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Why does the perturbative ($\mathcal{N}$=8, d=4) supergravity and type IIB closed string compactified on $T^{6}$ spectrums coincide?

The observation is that the perturbative spectrum of $\mathcal{N}$=8 supergravity in four dimensions is exactly the same as the type IIB closed superstring spectrum after dimensional reduction on $T^{...
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What is the form of local supersymmetry transformations in superspace?

So the most general local superspace transformation generator I can write is: $$\hat{L} = A^\mu(x,\theta)\frac{\partial}{\partial x^\mu} + B^\alpha(x,\theta)\frac{\partial}{\partial \theta^\alpha}$$ ...
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Is three dimensional supergravity dynamical?

So it is well known that standard $D = 3$ Einstein gravity is non-dynamical in the sense that the graviton has no on-shell degrees of freedom (d.o.f $= D(D-3)/2$ and the theory is topological). ...
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How do branes come into existence according to string theory? [closed]

How do branes come into existence according to string theory? Also what are branes made out of?
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What is NS5 brane?

NS5 brane can be considered as 1/2 BPS solution in supergravity (with other solutions to compare): This branes of Type IIA/B supergravity are expected to extend to solutions of the full Type IIA/B ...
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SUGRA & consistent field theories

Why must a consistent theory with a rarita schwinger field (i.e. massless gravitino in the spectrum) be supersymmetric? I was reviewing the GSO projection, Spin Structure, etc. & wasn’t able to ...
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Jacobi Identity in de Sitter Superalgebra

In the book "Supergravity" (by D. Freedman and A. Van Proeyen) they talk about why $\mathcal{N}=1$ de-sitter superalgebra is impossible to construct (Section 12.6.1). Basically de-Sitter algebra is a ...
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Gauging local supersymmetry

Reading a lot of literature about supersymmetrized Einstein's theory of gravitation, when it comes to the coupling of the Rarita-Schwinger field to matter fields, it is mentioned that it is considered ...
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Why the maximum number of supercharges in supergravity must be $Q=32$?

For a supergravity theory not to have particles with spin greater than 2, all books state that $Q\leq 32$, where $Q$ is the number of fermionic supercharges and for a given dimension $D$ it's related ...
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Recommendation for supegravity in 10D

Is there a good book/review, concerning supergravity in 10 dimensions, which ideally also discusses some solutions like the $AdS_5\times S^5$ solution, or the Janus throat? The main resource I know is ...
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Why does invariance commute with partial derivative?

This question applies more generally to actions, but I am going to ask it for a specific example. I am getting confused when considering the invariance of the superstring action under Weyl ...
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String quantum cosmology

In canonical quantum gravity we have Wheeler–DeWitt equation and we can chose homogeneous and isotropic ansatz (it kills many problems) to describe quantum universe. In string theory, as I understand,...
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Tadpole cancellation condition for $C_4$ in Type IIB Supergravity theory

In the following I use Polchinski's notation. Type IIB Supergravity action (with non-vanishing fluxes & $\rm{D3}$-branes) contains \begin{align} S_{\mathrm{IIB}} &= S_{\mathrm{NS}} + S_{\...
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String Landscape, De Sitter vacua and Broken Supersymmetry

If we assume that the swampland conjectures, etc. regarding de sitter vacuas existence in the string / F-theory landscape turn out to be incorrect (and therefore we can assume the problem is well-...
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General expression for a Scalar Superfield with ${\cal N = 1}$ in $D = 10$

I need to write explicitly the most general form of a scalar superfield in 10 dimensions up to second order in grassman variables $\theta^\alpha$. I know that up to first order one can write \begin{...
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Gauge theory formalism

Source: Chapter 11 of Freedman and Van Proeyen’s supergravity textbook An infinitesimal symmetry transformation is determined by 1) a parameter, call it $\epsilon^A$, and 2) an operation, call ...
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General gauge algebra identity

In https://arxiv.org/abs/1011.1145 the following rather general gauge algebra identity (2.4) is used $$\delta_{gct}(\xi) B_\mu^{\>\>A} + \xi^\lambda R_{\mu\lambda}^{\quad\! A} -\sum_{\{C\}}\...
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What is the $R$-symmetry group for ${\cal N}=6$ supergravity in $D=4$ dimensions?

What is the $R$-symmetry group for ${\cal N}=6$ supergravity in $D=4$ dimensions?
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How Quintic 3-fold is a Calabi–Yau manifold and has non-vanishing Ricci scalar?

It’s well known that quintic 3-fold is a Calabi-Yau manifold in the complex projective space $\mathbb{CP}^{n+1}$ , see for instance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintic_threefold Now the main ...
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Gravity and complex numbers

In the lectures of Gary Gibbons on Supergravity held 2009@DAMTP http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/members/gibbons/gwgPartIII_Supergravity.pdf it is remarkable that when he introduces spinors he ...
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Describing Calabi–Yau 3-fold

Background: In Calabi-Yau 3-fold, the Kähler metric is given in terms of the Kähler potential $\kappa$ : $ g_{i\bar{j}} = \partial_i \partial_{\bar{j}} \kappa$, where $i, \bar{j}$ = 1,2,3 $ ( the ...
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Holographic duals of (super)gravity sigma models

Consider a (super)gravity theory on asymptotically AdS spacetime $N$ with fixed conformal boundary $\partial N$ coupled to scalars $\phi_i$ taking values in a manifold $M$, possibly in addition to ...
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Toroidal compactifications of type IIB string Theory and $SO(5,5)/(SO(5)\times SO(5))$ invariant 6D sugra action

It is usually stated that the compactification of (the bosonic part of the) type IIB ($D=10$, ${\cal N}=(2,0)$) supergravity on $\mathbb{T}^4$ gives a six-dimensional ${\cal N}=(4,4)$ supergravity ...
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Gravitino Equation of motion in second-order formalism

In Freedman and Proeyen's text on supergravity they derive the equation of motion for the gravitino using the second order formalism. However, I'm not exactly clear as to how they use partial ...
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Determination of Torsion constraints in ${\cal N} = 1$, D = 10 Superspace

For the on-shell theory, containing the graviton $e_m^{\ \ \ a}$, gravitino $\psi_m^{\ \ \ \alpha}$, dilaton $\phi$, dilatino $\lambda$ and 3-form $H_{n m p}$, one has to demand that the SUSY algebra ...
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Supergravity and Gamma Matrices

On page 101 of Freedman and Van Proeyen's book on Supergravity they find the propagator of the gravitino, however I'm not sure how to work through the steps in (5.30), and hints or answers would be ...
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What is a global limit in gauged supergravity?

Does anyone know what a global limit (rigid limit), where the gauge coupling constant is zero, in gauged supergravity is?
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IIB Supergravity from worldsheet (super)conformal invariance of Green-Schwarz string

After reading this question How are low energy effective actions derived in string theory? I began to wonder what is the coupling of the string to the other sugra fields. In almost all textbooks ...
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Why are photons particles and waves, instead of particles that simply move in a wave pattern?

I understand the double slit experiment, but even with the results, why are photons determined to be particles and waves at the same time, instead of particles that move in a wave pattern? In bodies ...
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What is the relation between a $D_2$-brane and an $M2$-brane?

I am only familiar with the concept of a $D_2$-brane from a first course in String theory. I would like to learn, at least on a conceptual level, what an $M2$-brane is and what is its relation to the $...
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Why should fermions vanish for a solution of a supergravity theory that preserves supersymmetry?

On p.249 of Freedman and Van Proeyen's Supergravity, the following is stated: "Given the action of a supergravity theory, it is generally useful to search for solutions of the classical equations ...
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Does anyone know how to symmetrize $\gamma$-matrices?

I'm trying to construct the SO(5, 5) $\gamma$-matrices which are real and symmetric. Recently, I have 6 symmetric and 4 antisymmetric $\gamma$-matrices ($6_S + 4_A$ representation). How can I ...
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Einstein Field Equation for a Garfinkle-Horowitz-Strominger theory

Consider a gravitational theory with a dilaton field and the action being given by Charged black holes in string theory (this link contains an erratum in the original paper) \begin{align} S = \int d^...
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Connectedness on Special Kaehler manifolds

I just wanted to make a short/concise question which is quite mathematical but the aim is physical so I would like to ask it here. Anyone knows if there is a general statement about connectedness on ...
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What is the high-energy/superstring analogue of wave function?

Chapter 12 of Beckers' book about superstrings and m-theory lists several deep dualities between low energy gauge theories and high energy superstring theories. I am only at the Chapter 2, that is why ...
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What superstring or brane phenomenology can be observed in LHC heavy ion collisions?

What superstring or brane phenomenology can be observed in heavy ion collisions at the LHC energy densities. Of course, I am aware that LHC experiments can constrain the conclusions from the ...
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Relationship between compactification moduli and generations in standard model

The situation I am describing is a $10D$ heterotic string theory which is compactified on a Calabi-Yau to get a $N=1$, $4D$ effective theory. It is mentioned in Ashoke Sen's notes on string ...
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Understanding Moonshine via Heterotic $\rm E_8\times E_8$ (resubmitted, originally asked on mathematics stack exchange)

Recently I have become familiar with the conjectured relationship of monstrous moonshine and pure (2+1)-dimensional quantum gravity in AdS with maximally negative cosmological constant and, it’s being ...
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What are the main physical consequences of supergravity?

String theory in some limit becomes supergravity. This is the super generalisation of gravity where instead of taking the Poincare symmetry as the local symmetry of spacetime we take the super-...
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Effective low energy actions in string cosmology

I wonder why can SUGRA actions be used in string cosmology, since in some cases they are used to model big bang scenarios (for example the pre big bang scenario in chapter 4 of Gasperini's "Elements ...
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What is a theory of gravity?

Let me introduce this question by noting that my training is in condensed matter physics, and my familiarity with gravity is superficial at best. Hence, this question may be somewhat naive. In ...
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Dual of Kalb Ramond field [closed]

i've been studying string theory for 4 days, i have a Kalb Ramond $B_{(2)}$ of this kind (from a $5^2 _2$ solution [1]) and i want evaluate its dual but i don't obtain the right result: The variables ...
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Can we gauge away curvature in supergravity?

In locally supersymmetric theories we can make a supertransformation which rotates one field into another. With enough supersymmetries could one not make a supertransformation at each point which made ...
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Are there any SUSY black holes in D > 5?

Quoting from arXiv:0801.3471 Asymptotically flat BPS black hole solutions are known only for $d = 4,\,5$. and I've seen this claim very timidly suggested in a couple of other places, but I couldn'...
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Constraint equation for Einstein-Hilbert action in Light-cone gauge

In Light cone coordinate system $(+,-,i)$, where $i=1,2$, the light cone coordinates are defined as $x^{\pm}=\frac{x^0 \pm x^3}{\sqrt{2}}$, if we consider the $+$ coordinate to be our "timelike" ...

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