Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 98, Issue 3, pp 391–424 | Cite as

Asymptotically anti-de Sitter spaces

  • Marc Henneaux
  • Claudio Teitelboim


Asymptotically anti-de Sitter spaces are defined by boundary conditions on the gravitational field which obey the following criteria: (i) they are O(3, 2) invariant; (ii) they make the O(3, 2) surface integral charges finite; (iii) they include the Kerr-anti-de Sitter metric. An explicit expression of the O(3, 2) charges in terms of the canonical variables is given. These charges are shown to close in the Dirac brackets according to the anti-de Sitter algebra. The results are extended to the case ofN=1 supergravity. The coupling to gravity of a third-rank, completely antisymmetric, abelian gauge field is also considered. That coupling makes it possible to vary the cosmological constant and to compare the various anti-de Sitter spaces which are shown to have the same energy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Henneaux
    • 1
  • Claudio Teitelboim
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Theoretical PhysicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Centro de Estudios Cientificos de Santiago, CasillaSantiago 9Chile

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