Absence of D 4 R 4 in M-theory from ABJM

Damon J. Binder, Shai M. Chester, Silviu S. Pufu

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Supersymmetry allows a D4R4 interaction in M-theory, but such an interaction is inconsistent with string theory dualities and so is known to be absent. We provide a novel proof of the absence of the D4R4 M-theory interaction by calculating 4-point scattering amplitudes of 11d supergravitons from ABJM theory. This calculation extends a previous calculation performed to the order corresponding to the R4 interaction. The new ingre- dient in this extension is the interpretation of the fourth derivative of the mass deformed S3 partition function of ABJM theory, which can be determined using supersymmetric localization, as a constraint on the Mellin amplitude associated with the stress tensor mul- tiplet 4-point function. As part of this computation, we relate the 4-point function of the superconformal primary of the stress tensor multiplet of any 3d N = 8 SCFT to some of the 4-point functions of its superconformal descendants. We also provide a concise formula for a general integrated 4-point function on Sd for any d.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number52
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Extended Supersymmetry
  • M-Theory


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