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The symmetries of the Carroll superparticle

Bergshoeff, E., Gomis, J. & Parra, L., 6-May-2016, In : Journal of physics a-Mathematical and theoretical. 49, 18, 32 p., 185402.

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Motivated by recent applications of Carroll symmetries we investigate, using the method of nonlinear realizations, the geometry of flat and curved (AdS) Carroll space and the symmetries of a particle moving in such a space both in the bosonic as well as in the supersymmetric case. In the bosonic case we find that the Carroll particle possesses an infinite-dimensional symmetry which only in the flat case includes dilatations. The duality between the Bargmann and Carroll algebra, relevant for the flat case, does not extend to the curved case. In the supersymmetric case we study the dynamics of the N = 1 AdS Carroll superparticle. Only in the flat limit we find that the action is invariant under an infinite-dimensional symmetry that includes a supersymmetric extension of the Lifshitz Carroll algebra with dynamical exponent z = 0. We also discuss in the flat case the extension to N = 2 supersymmetry and show that the flat N = 2 superparticle is equivalent to the (non-moving) AT = 1 superparticle and that therefore it is not BPS unlike its Galilei counterpart. This is due to the fact that in this case kappa-symmetry eliminates the linearized supersymmetry. In an appendix we discuss the N = 2 curved case in three dimensions only and show that there are two N = 2 theories that are physically different.

Original languageEnglish
Article number185402
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of physics a-Mathematical and theoretical
Volume49
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 6-May-2016

    Keywords

  • superparticle, Carroll algebra, kappa-symmetry, SPACE-TIME, GRAVITATIONAL WAVES, GENERAL RELATIVITY, MECHANICS, GEOMETRY, SYSTEMS, PHYSICS, GALILEI

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