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Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2012:75 | Cite as

Note on non-Abelian two-form gauge fields

  • Pei-Ming Ho
  • Yutaka Matsuo
Article

Abstract

Motivated by application to multiple M5-branes, we study some properties of non-Abelian two-form gauge theories. We emphasize that the fake curvature condition which is commonly used in the literature would restrict the dynamics to be either a free theory or a topological system. We then propose a modification of transformation law which simplifies the gauge transformation of 3-form field strength and enables us to write down a gauge invariant action. We then argue that a generalization of Stueckelberg mechanism naturally gives mass to the two-form gauge field. For the application to multiple M5-branes, it should be identified with the KK modes.

Keywords

Gauge Symmetry Brane Dynamics in Gauge Theories M-Theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Center for Theoretical Sciences, Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Sciences, National Center for Theoretical SciencesNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiR.O.C
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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