Superstrings pp 287-300 | Cite as


  • K. S. Stelle
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 175)


Supersymmetric theories of extended objects with spatial dimension two or greater may prove to be more viable than has hitherto been realized. In particular, the existence of models with a local fermionic gauge invariance reopens the question whether such theories can contain massless states. In a semiclassical approximation, we show that the quantum corrections to the spin-mass relation are not inconsistent with the possibility of massless states. The analysis is carried out in a topologically-stabilized sector of the super 2-membrane theory in 11-dimensional spacetime. We also show at the classical level that this theory has a consistent truncation to the type IIA superstring in 10 dimensions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Stelle
    • 1
  1. 1.The Blackett LaboratoryImperial CollegeLondonEngland

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