Topological gravity and transgression holography

Patricio Salgado*, Richard J. Szabo, Omar Alejandro Valdivia Gutiérrez

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We show that Poincaré-invariant topological gravity in even dimensions can be formulated as a transgression field theory in one higher dimension whose gauge connections are associated to linear and nonlinear realizations of the Poincaré group ISO(d-1,1). The resulting theory is a gauged Wess-Zumino-Witten (WZW) model whereby the transition functions relating gauge fields live in the coset ISO(d-1,1)SO(d-1,1). The coordinate parametrizing the coset space is identified with the scalar field in the adjoint representation of the gauge group of the even-dimensional topological gravity theory. The supersymmetric extension leads to topological supergravity in two dimensions starting from a transgression field theory which is invariant under the supersymmetric extension of the Poincaré group in three dimensions. We also apply this construction to a three-dimensional Chern-Simons theory of gravity which is invariant under the Ma

Original languageEnglish
Article number084077
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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