Duality Constraints on Counterterms in N=5,6 Supergravities

Daniel Z. Freedman, Renata Kallosh*, Yusuke Yamada

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The UV finiteness found in calculations of the 4-point amplitude in N = 5 supergravity at loop order L = 3, 4 has not been explained, which motivates our study of the relevant superspace invariants and on-shell superamplitudes for both N = 5 and N = 6. The local 4-point superinvariants for L = 3,4 are expected to have nonlinear completions whose 6-point amplitudes have non-vanishing SSL's (soft scalar limits), violating the behavior required of Goldstone bosons. For N = 5, we find at L = 3 that local 6-point superinvariant and superamplitudes, which might cancel these SSL's, do not exist. This rules out the candidate 4-point counterterm and thus gives a plausible explanation of the observed L = 3 finiteness. However, at L = 4 we construct a local 6-point superinvariant with non-vanishing SSL's, so the SSL argument does not explain the observed L = 4 N = 5 UV finiteness. For N = 6 supergravity there are no 6-point invariants at either L = 3 or 4, so the SSL argument predicts UV finiteness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800054
JournalFortschritte der Physik
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • duality constraints
  • supergravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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