Spinor-Helicity Formalism for Massless Fields in AdS4

Nagaraj, Balakrishnan (George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4242, USA) ; Ponomarev, Dmitry (George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4242, USA)

11 March 2019

Abstract: In this Letter, we suggest a natural spinor-helicity formalism for massless fields in four-dimensional anti–de Sitter space (AdS4). It is based on the standard realization of the AdS4 isometry algebra so(3,2) in terms of differential operators acting on sl(2,C) spinor variables. We start by deriving the anti–de Sitter counterpart of plane waves in flat space and then use them to evaluate simple scattering amplitudes. Finally, based on symmetry arguments, we classify all three-point amplitudes involving massless spinning fields. As in flat space, we find that the spinor-helicity formalism allows us to construct additional consistent interactions as compared to approaches employing Lorentz tensors.


Published in: Physical Review Letters 122 (2019)
Published by: APS
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.101602
arXiv: 1811.08438
License: CC-BY-4.0



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