Conformal operators for partially massless states

Louise Dolan, Chiara R. Nappi, Edward Witten

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The AdS/CFT correspondence is explored for “partially massless” fields in AdS space (which have fewer helicity states than a massive field but more than a conventional massless field). Such fields correspond in the boundary conformal field theory to fields obeying a certain conformally-invariant differential equation that has been described by Eastwood et al. The first descendant of such a field is a conformal field of negative norm. Hence, partially massless fields may make more physical sense in de Sitter as opposed to Anti de Sitter space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS/CFT Correspondance
  • Conformal Field Models in String Theory


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