Consistent group and coset reductions of the bosonic string Academic Article uri icon


  • Dimensional reductions of pure Einstein gravity on cosets other than tori are inconsistent. The inclusion of specific additional scalar and p-form matter can change the situation. For example, a D-dimensional Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton system, with a specific dilaton coupling, is known to admit a consistent reduction on S2 = SU(2)/U(1), of a sort first envisaged by Pauli. We provide a new understanding, by showing how an S3 = SU(2) group-manifold reduction of (D + 1)-dimensional Einstein gravity, of a type first indicated by DeWitt, can be broken into two steps: a Kaluza-type reduction on U(1) followed by a Pauli-type coset reduction on S2. More generally, we show that any D-dimensional theory that itself arises as a Kaluza U(1) reduction from (D + 1) dimensions admits a consistent Pauli reduction on any coset of the form G/U(1). Extensions to the case G/H are given. Pauli coset reductions of the bosonic string on G = (G G)/G are believed to be consistent, and a consistency proof exists for S3 = SO(4)/SO(3). We examine these reductions, and arguments for consistency, in detail. The structures of the theories obtained instead by DeWitt-type group-manifold reductions of the bosonic string are also studied, allowing us to make contact with previous such work in which only singlet scalars are retained. Consistent truncations with two singlet scalars are possible. Intriguingly, despite the fact that these are not supersymmetric models, if the group manifold has dimension 3 or 25, they admit a superpotential formulation, and hence first-order equations yielding domain-wall solutions.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Cvetic, M., Gibbons, G. W., Lu, H., & Pope, C. N.

citation count

  • 47

complete list of authors

  • Cvetic, M||Gibbons, GW||Lu, H||Pope, CN

publication date

  • December 2003