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Gravitational- and self-coupling of partially massless spin 2

Deser, S. and Joung, E. and Waldron, A. (2012) Gravitational- and self-coupling of partially massless spin 2. Physical Review D, 86 (10). Art. No. 104004. ISSN 2470-0010. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.86.104004. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121204-103041264

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Abstract

We show that higher spin systems specific to cosmological spaces are subject to the same problems as models with Poincaré limits. In particular, we analyze partially massless (PM) spin 2 and find that both its gravitational coupling and nonlinear extensions suffer from the usual background- and self-coupling difficulties: Consistent free field propagation does not extend beyond background Einstein geometries. Then (using conformal, Weyl, gravity, which contains relative ghost PM and graviton excitations) we find that avoiding graviton ghosts restricts Weyl-generated PM self-couplings to the usual, leading, safe, Noether current cubic ones.


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http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.86.104004DOIArticle
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Deser, S.0000-0001-9285-9434
Additional Information:© 2012 American Physical Society. Received 9 August 2012; published 1 November 2012. We thank Hamid Afshar, Rod Gover, Daniel Grumiller and Karapet Mkrtchyan for fruitful discussions. E. J. and A.W. acknowledge the ESI Vienna Workshop on Higher Spin Gravity. S.D. was supported in part by NSF PHY-1064302 and DOE DE-FG02-164 92ER40701 grants. The work of E. J. was supported in part by Scuola Normale Superiore, by INFN (I. S. TV12) and by the MIUR-PRIN Contract No. 2009-KHZKRX.
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ESI Vienna Workshop on Higher Spin GravityUNSPECIFIED
NSFPHY-1064302
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-16492ER40701
Scuola Normale SuperioreUNSPECIFIED
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita e della Ricerca (MIUR)2009-KHZKRX
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)I. S. TV12
Issue or Number:10
Classification Code:PACS: 04.62.+v, 04.50.-h, 04.50.Kd, 02.40.-k
DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.86.104004
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20121204-103041264
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121204-103041264
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Deposited On:04 Dec 2012 21:37
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