Vector-tensor duality in the five dimensional supersymmetric Green-Schwarz mechanism

Emilian Dudas, Tony Gherghetta, Stefan Groot Nibbelink

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The five dimensional version of the Green-Schwarz mechanism can be invoked to cancel U(1) anomalies on the boundaries of brane world models. In five dimensions there are two dual descriptions that employ either a two-form tensor field or a vector field. We present the supersymmetric extensions of these dual theories using four dimensional [Formula Presented] superspace. For the supersymmetrization of the five dimensional Chern-Simons three-form this requires the introduction of a new chiral Chern-Simons multiplet. We derive the supersymmetric vector/tensor duality relations and show that not only is the usual one-/two-form duality modified, but that there is also an interesting duality relation between the scalar components. Furthermore, the vector formulation always contains singular boundary mass terms which are absent in the tensor formulation. This apparent inconsistency is resolved by showing that in either formulation the four dimensional anomalous U(1) mass spectrum is identical, with the lowest lying Kaluza-Klein mode generically obtaining a finite nonzero mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2004

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We would like to thank S. Ferrara, C. Kounnas, and M. Shifman for enlightening discussions, and M. Walter for useful comments on the manuscript. The work of E. D. was supported in part by the RTN European Program No. HPRN-CT-2000-00148. The work of T. G. and S. G. N. is supported in part by the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-FG02-94ER40823 at the University of Minnesota. T. G. is also supported in part by a grant from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota and by a grant from Research Corporation. E. D. is grateful for the warm hospitality at the FTPI of the University of Minnesota and the Theory Division of CERN during the early stages of this work.

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