Domain walls in massive supergravities Academic Article uri icon


  • We show how toroidally compactified eleven-dimensional supergravity can be consistently truncated to yield a variety of maximally supersymmetric massive supergravities in space-time dimensions D 8. The mass terms arise as a consequence of making a more general ansatz than that in usual Kaluza-Klein dimensional reduction, in which one or more axions are given an additional linear dependence on one of the compactification coordinates. The lower-dimensional theories are nevertheless consistent truncations of eleven-dimensional supergravity. Owing to the fact that the generalised reduction commutes neither with U-duality nor with ordinary dimensional reduction, many different massive theories can result. The simplest examples arise when just a single axion has the additional linear coordinate dependence. We find five inequivalent such theories in D = 7, and 71 inequivalent ones in D = 4. The massive theories admit no maximally symmetric vacuum solution, but they do admit (D - 2)-brane solutions, i.e. domain walls, which preserve half the supersymmetry. We present examples of these solutions, and their oxidations to D = 11. Some of the latter are new solutions of D = 11 supergravity.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Cowdall, P. M., Lu, H., Pope, C. N., Stelle, K. S., & Townsend, P. K.

citation count

  • 73

complete list of authors

  • Cowdall, PM||Lu, H||Pope, CN||Stelle, KS||Townsend, PK

publication date

  • February 1997