Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2019:189 | Cite as

Massive higher spins: effective theory and consistency

  • Brando Bellazzini
  • Francesco Riva
  • Javi Serra
  • Francesco SgarlataEmail author
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We construct the effective field theory for a single massive higher-spin particle in flat spacetime. Positivity bounds of the S-matrix force the cutoff of the theory to be well below the naive strong-coupling scale, forbid any potential and make therefore higher- derivative operators important even at low energy. As interesting application, we discuss in detail the massive spin-3 theory and show that an extended Galileon-like symmetry of the longitudinal modes, even with spin, emerges at high energy.


Effective Field Theories Scattering Amplitudes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité Paris SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Départment de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité de GenéveGenéve 4Switzerland
  3. 3.Physik-DepartmentTechnische Universit at MünchenGarchingGermany
  4. 4.SISSA and INFN TriesteTriesteItaly

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