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A note on spin-2 fields in curved backgrounds

Deser, S. and Henneaux, M. (2007) A note on spin-2 fields in curved backgrounds. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 24 (6). pp. 1683-1685. ISSN 0264-9381.

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We reconsider the consistency constraints on a free massless symmetric rank 2 tensor field in a background and confirm that they uniquely require it to be the linear deviation about (cosmological) Einstein gravity. Neither adding non-minimal higher derivative terms nor changing the gauge transformations by allowing terms non-analytic in the cosmological constant alters this fact.

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Additional Information:© 2007 Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited. Received 4 December 2006, in final form 25 January 2007. Published 6 March 2007. Print publication: Issue 6 (21 March 2007) We thank the organizers of the ‘General Relativity Trimester: Gravitational Waves, Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology’ at the Institut Henri Poincaré for their hospitality. SD was supported by NSF grant PHY04-01667. The work of MH is partially supported by IISN—Belgium (convention 4.4505.86), by the ‘Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme—Belgian Science Policy’ and by the European Commission programme MRTN-CT-2004- 005104, in which he is associated to VU Brussel.
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