Eleven-dimensional supergravity on a manifold with boundary

Petr Hořava, Edward Witten

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In this paper, we present a systematic analysis of eleven-dimensional supergravity on a manifold with boundary, which is believed to be relevant to the strong coupling limit of the E8 × E8 heterotic string. Gauge and gravitational anomalies enter at a very early stage, and require a refinement of the standard Green-Schwarz mechanism for their cancellation. This uniquely determines the gauge group to be a copy of E8 for each boundary component, fixes the gauge coupling constant in terms of the gravitational constant, and leads to several striking new tests of the hypothesis that there is a consistent quantum M-theory with eleven-dimensional supergravity as its low-energy limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-114
Number of pages21
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 9 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Anomalies
  • E × e heterotic string
  • Eleven-dimensional supergravity
  • M-theory
  • String duality
  • Ten-dimensional super Yang-Mills


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