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Null propagation of partially massless higher spins in (A)dS and cosmological constant speculations

Deser, S. and Waldron, A. (2001) Null propagation of partially massless higher spins in (A)dS and cosmological constant speculations. Physics Letters B, 513 (1-2). pp. 137-141. ISSN 0370-2693. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20170123-150136417

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Abstract

We show explicitly that all partially and strictly massless fields with spins s⩽3 in (A)dS have null propagation. Assuming that this property holds also for s>3, we derive the mass-cosmological constant tunings required to yield all higher spin partially massless theories. As s increases, the unitarily allowed region for massive spins is squeezed around Λ=0, so that an infinite tower of massive particles forces vanishing Λ. We also speculate on the relevance of this result to string theory and supergravity in (A)dS backgrounds.


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Additional Information:© 2001 Elsevier B.V. Received 29 May 2001, Accepted 11 June 2001, Available online 18 July 2001. Editor: H. Georgi. We thank A. Higuchi, K. Peeters, R. Woodard and M. Zamaklar for enlightening discussions. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant PHY99-73935.
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Official Citation:S. Deser, A. Waldron, Null propagation of partially massless higher spins in (A)dS and cosmological constant speculations, Physics Letters B, Volume 513, Issues 1–2, 26 July 2001, Pages 137-141, ISSN 0370-2693, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0370-2693(01)00756-0. (//www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0370269301007560)
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