An action of n = 8 self-dual supergravity in ultra-hyperbolic harmonic superspace

Siniša Karnas, Sergei V. Ketov

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The N-extended self-dual supergravity in the ultra-hyperbolic four-dimensional space-time of kleinian signature (2 + 2) is given in the N-extended harmonic superspace. We reformulate the on-shell N-extended self-dual supergravity constraints of Siegel to a "zero-curvature" representation, and solve all of them but one in terms of a single superfield prepotential, by using a covariant Frobenius gauge in the Devchand-Ogievetsky approach. An off-shell superspace action, whose equation of motion yields the remaining constraint, is found. Our manifestly Lorentz-covariant action in harmonic superspace is very similar to the non-covariant Chern-Simons-type action, which was proposed earlier by Siegel in the light-cone N = 8 superspace. Our action is also invariant under the residual superdiffeomorphisms and the residual local OSp(8|2) super-Lorentz rotations, which are left after imposing the Frobenius gauge. The infinitesimal superfield parameters of the residual symmetries are expressed in terms of independent analytic superfields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-626
Number of pages30
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 1998


  • Self-duality
  • Supergravity
  • Superspace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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