Massless spectrum and critical dimension of the supermembrane Academic Article uri icon


  • We show the existence of massless particles in the supermembrane. These occur in the sector of a completely collapsed membrane and receive zero vacuum energy thanks to supersymmetry. Only in the 11-dimensional supermembrane the massless states include a graviton. Thus, in the critical dimension d = 11 the massless particles correspond to the supergravity multiplet. We also find that higher extended objects beyond the supermembrane have no critical dimension in which the supergravity multiplet emerges. 1987.

published proceedings

  • Physics Letters B

author list (cited authors)

  • Bars, I., Pope, C. N., & Sezgin, E.

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

  • Bars, Itzhak||Pope, Christopher N||Sezgin, Ergin

publication date

  • December 1987