Séminaire de Physique Théorique

On Supersymmetric E11 Exceptional Field Theory

by Prof. Guillaume Bossard (Centre de Physique Théorique, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, IP Paris)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane


35, route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette (France)

We shall review how supergravity theories can emerge from an exceptional field theory based on the Kac-Moody group E11 (i.e. E8+++) with gauge symmetry a set of `generalised diffeomorphisms' acting on the fundamental module while preserving E11. The construction relies on a super-algebra T  that extends E11 and provides a differential complex for the exceptional fields. A twisted self-duality equation underlying the dynamics can be shown to be invariant under generalised diffeomorphisms provided a certain algebraic identity holds for structure coefficients of the super-algebra T. The fermions of the theory belong to an unfaithful representation of the double cover of a maximal Lorentzian subgroup K(E11). We conjecture that certain tensor products of unfaithful representations are homomorphic to the quotient of specific indecomposable modules of E11. Using these conjectures, we can write a linearised Rarita-Schwinger equation and show that the E11 twisted self-duality equations are supercovariant. The conjectures are checked through computations in level decompositions with respect to maximal parabolic subgroups.

Organized by

Thibault Damour