Magnetic charges in local field theory

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Abstract

Novel lagrangians are discussed in which (non-abelian) electric and magnetic gauge fields appear on a par. To ensure that these lagrangians describe the correct number of degrees of freedom, tensor gauge fields are included with corresponding gauge symmetries. Non-abelian gauge symmetries that involve both the electric and the magnetic gauge fields can then be realized at the level of a single gauge invariant Lagrangian, without the need of performing duality transformations prior to introducing the gauge couplings. The approach adopted, which was initially developed for gaugings of maximal supergravity, is particularly suited for the study of flux compactifications
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume0509
Issue number016
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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