Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: String Theory 290Z Seminar    (Seminar)
Start Date: 05/22/2012
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 402 Classroom 4th floor Old LeConte Hall, Campus
Speaker: Massimo Porrati
Affiliation: NYU
Contact Person: LaVern Navarro   (510) 642-2304

"On the Unitarity of Critical Gravity, Other Higher-Derivative Theories, and High Spin Randall-Sundrum Theories"


Special limits of theories with higher time derivatives in Anti de Sitter space exhibit interesting features: they realize logarithmic representations of the conformal algebra and they possess a structure akin to gauge theory. These results can be obtained by a simple study of the scalar product of free fields. This study shows that "critical" gravity in dimension larger than 3 is non-unitary, but that the spectrum of certain other higher derivative theories, such as the Flato-Fronsdal singleton dipole theory, contains a unitary subsector. Unitarity of a high spin generalization of the Randall-Sundrum construction will be also discussed.