Event Description

"In this talk I study the one loop effective action for a class of higher spin fields by using a first-quantized description. The latter is obtained by considering spinning particles, characterized by an extended local supersymmetry on the worldline. Quantizing the model on a circle with (A)dS target space allows us to produce a useful representation of the one loop effective action. In particular, we extract the first few heat kernel coe
fficients for arbitrary even spacetime dimension D and for spin S with rectangular Young tableau.
In the second part of the talk I will examine the dimensional reduction on a circle of the former model in flat space. It describes massive HS fields in odd dimensions in terms of Fierz-Pauli equations, while in the massless limit it produces a multiplet of massless fields, described by various Young tableaux, obeying Fronsdal-Labastida equations. The model can be consistently coupled to (A)dS spaces, although the constraint algebra becomes nonlinear."

PCTS Seminar is in Jadwin Hall room 407

PCTS Seminar is in Jadwin Hall room 407