An action for the super-5-brane in D = 11 supergravity

Martin Cederwall, Bengt E.W. Nilsson, Per Sundell

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An alternative path is taken for deriving an action for the supersymmetric 5-brane in 11 dimensions. Selfduality does not follow from the action, but is consistent with the equations of motion for arbitrary supergravity backgrounds. The action involves a 2-form as well as a 5-form world-volume potential; inclusion of the latter makes the action, as well as the non-linear selfduality relation for the 3-form field strength, polynomial. The requirement of invariance under κ-transformations determines the form of the selfduality relation, as well as the action. The formulation is shown to be equivalent to earlier formulations of 5-brane dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)XVII-8
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Supergravity models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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