Joint cosmology seminar at MIT:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:30 pm

Cosman Seminar Room

Center for Theoretical Physics

Building 6C, Room 6C-442

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Refreshments at 2:00 in the same room

**Massive and partially massless gravity**

Kurt Hinterbichler

Case Western Reserve

Abstract:

I will review recent developments in the non-linear theory of massive gravitons, or spin-2 fields. On de Sitter space, there exists a special value for the mass of a graviton for which the linear theory propagates 4 rather than 5 degrees of freedom. If a fully non-linear version of the theory exists and can be coupled to known matter, it would have interesting properties and could solve the cosmological constant problem. I will describe evidence for and obstructions to the existence of such a theory, and the recent development of Vasiliev-like theories that include towers of massless and partially massless fields.