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  • We construct a gauge theory of w gravity coupled to scalars. For scalar fields valued in some-finite-dimensional Lie algebra, a complete realisation of gauged w can be given using a number of gauge fields equal to the rank of the Lie algebra. We show how the theory can be truncated to describe a gauge theory of WN gravity, and we give the explicit result for W3. We show that the transformations of the scalar fields can be interpreted as a non-linear realisation on the coset w1+ w. 1990.

published proceedings

  • Physics Letters B

author list (cited authors)

  • Bergshoeff, E., Pope, C. N., Romans, L. J., Sezgin, E., Shen, X., & Stelle, K. S.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Bergshoeff, E||Pope, CN||Romans, LJ||Sezgin, E||Shen, X||Stelle, KS

publication date

  • July 1990