A spin-4 analog of 3D massive gravity

Eric A. Bergshoeff, Marija Kovacevic, Jan Rosseel, Paul K. Townsend, Yihao Yin

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A sixth-order, but ghost-free, gauge-invariant action is found for a fourth-rank symmetric tensor potential in a three-dimensional (3D) Minkowski spacetime. It propagates two massive modes of spin 4 that are interchanged by parity and is thus a spin-4 analog of linearized new massive gravity. Also found are ghost-free spin-4 analogs of linearized topologically massive gravity and new topologically massive gravity, of fifth and eighth order, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245007
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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