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Extended Supergravity with a Gauged Central Charge


Zachos, Cosmas K. (1979) Extended Supergravity with a Gauged Central Charge. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/X6KP-V369.


We construct a Lagrangian for the massive scalar multiplet, locally invariant under two types of spinorial transformations (N=2 supersymmetry). Our theory is based on the coupling of the global supermultiplet to N=2 supergravity and corrections generated iteratively in powers of Newton's constant. Consistency of the theory requires the vector field of supergravity to gauge the central charge represented in the massive sector of the multiplet. The same vector may alternatively gauge the internal 0(2) symmetry of the two supersymmetry generators. Furthermore, it may even gauge a linear combination of the generators of these two groups; we indicate the grounds for this compatibility.

We discuss the hierarchy of internal symmetries characterizing each sector of the theory, ranging from U(1)xSU(2)xSU(2) down to 0(2)x0(2). This internal symmetry imposes tight constraints on the system. For instance, the nonpolynomial structure of the spinless fields at hand is considerably more restricted than that present in the general simple supersymmetric (N-1) theory. Furthermore, the vector field is forced to couple to the matter fields with gravitational strength, to the effect that the resulting Coulomb potential exactly cancels against the Newtonian potential of gravity, in the static limit.

Our theory may be also viewed as a truncation of N=8 supergravity theory, compatibly with the SO (8) breakup scheme into SU(3)xU(1)xU(1). The potential of the spinless fields present has a local minimum at the origin, but further off it is not even bounded from below. However, we point out some indications that the tunneling out of the supersymmetric, metastable vacuum is negligibly small.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:antigravity; central charge; extended supergravity; graviphoton
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Schwarz, John H.
Thesis Committee:
  • Barish, Barry C.
  • Schwarz, John H.
  • Mathews, Jon
  • Gell-Mann, Murray
  • Ramond, Pierre
Defense Date:17 April 1979
Non-Caltech Author Email:zachos (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12022004-160245
Persistent URL:
Zachos, Cosmas K.0000-0003-4379-3875
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ID Code:4718
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Deposited On:02 Dec 2004
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