Covariant procedures for perturbative nonlinear deformation of duality-invariant theories

John Joseph M. Carrasco, Renata Kallosh, Radu Roiban

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We analyze a recent conjecture regarding the perturbative construction of nonlinear deformations of all classically duality-invariant theories, including N=8 supergravity. Starting with an initial quartic deformation, we engineer a procedure that generates a particular nonlinear deformation (Born-Infeld) of the Maxwell theory. This procedure requires the introduction of an infinite number of modifications to a constraint which eliminates degrees of freedom consistent with the duality and field content of the system. We discuss the extension of this procedure to N=1 and N=2 supersymmetric theories, and comment on its potential to either construct new supergravity theories with nonlinear Born-Infeld type duality, or to constrain the finiteness of N=8 supergravity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025007
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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