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  • AbstractWe construct a pseudo-Lagrangian that is invariant under rigidE11and transforms as a density underE11generalised diffeomorphisms. The gauge-invariance requires the use of a section condition studied in previous work onE11exceptional field theory and the inclusion of constrained fields that transform in an indecomposableE11-representation together with theE11coset fields. We show that, in combination with gauge-invariant andE11-invariant duality equations, this pseudo-Lagrangian reduces to the bosonic sector of non-linear eleven-dimensional supergravity for one choice of solution to the section condi- tion. For another choice, we reobtain theE8exceptional field theory and conjecture that our pseudo-Lagrangian and duality equations produce all exceptional field theories with maximal supersymmetry in any dimension. We also describe how the theory entails non-linear equations for higher dual fields, including the dual graviton in eleven dimensions. Furthermore, we speculate on the relation to theE10sigma model.

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altmetric score

  • 1.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Bossard, G., Kleinschmidt, A., & Sezgin, E.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Bossard, Guillaume||Kleinschmidt, Axel||Sezgin, Ergin

publication date

  • June 2021