A New Formulation of N=8 Supergravity and its Extension to Type II Superstrings

  • John H. Schwarz
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 20)


A new extended supergravity theory in ten dimensions is formulated in terms of an unconstrained scalar light-cone super-field. Since this theory describes the massless sector of type II superstring theory, the formalism is then extended to fields that are functionals of strings superspace coordinates. In this way a field theory of superstrings is obtained. The theory is expected to be nonpolynomial, but so far it has only been constructed to order ĸ.


Closed String Momentum Density Supersymmetry Algebra Super Gravity Massless Sector 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Schwarz
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  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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