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Ghost-free superconformal action for multiple M2-branes

Bandres, Miguel A. and Lipstein, Arthur E. and Schwarz, John H. (2008) Ghost-free superconformal action for multiple M2-branes. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008 (07). Art. No. 117. ISSN 1126-6708. doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2008/07/117.

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The Bagger-Lambert construction of Script N = 8 superconformal field theories (SCFT) in three dimensions is based on 3-algebras. Three groups of researchers recently realized that an arbitrary semisimple Lie algebra can be incorporated by using a suitable Lorentzian signature 3-algebra. The SU(N) case is a candidate for the SCFT describing coincident M2-branes. However, these theories contain ghost degrees of freedom, which is unsatisfactory. We modify them by gauging certain global symmetries. This eliminates the ghosts from these theories while preserving all of their desirable properties. The resulting theories turn out to be precisely equivalent to Script N = 8 super Yang-Mills theories.

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Bandres, Miguel A.0000-0002-7145-8567
Lipstein, Arthur E.0000-0002-0213-186X
Schwarz, John H.0000-0001-9861-7559
Additional Information:© SISSA 2008. Received 18 June 2008, accepted for publication 17 July 2008. Published 29 July 2008. We have benefitted from discussions with Joe Marsano. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Dept. of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG03-92-ER40701.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG03-92-ER40701
Subject Keywords:Conformal Field Models in String Theory, Chern-Simons Theories
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