M-brane models from non-abelian gerbes

Sam Arnold Palmer, Christian Saemann

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We make the observation that M-brane models defined in terms of 3-algebras can be interpreted as higher gauge theories involving Lie 2-groups. Such gauge theories arise in particular in the description of non-abelian gerbes. This observation allows us to put M2- and M5-brane models on equal footing, at least as far as the gauge structure is concerned. Furthermore, it provides a useful framework for various generalizations; in particular, it leads to a fully supersymmetric generalization of a previously proposed set of tensor multiplet equations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • hep-th
  • math-ph
  • math.MP


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