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Forthcoming research seminars
Maths HEP Lunchtime Seminars: Who's afraid of higher spin theories?
Interacting theories of higher spin gauge fields are a very
nontrivial generalisation of Einstein gravity. They seem to be
consistently defined only in spacetimes with a non-zero cosmological
constant where their strucutre is powerfully constrained by the large
symmetry. In recent times, these theories (on anti de sitter space)
have proved to be very interesting laboratories for non-supersymmetric
versions of the AdS/CFT correspondence. I will give an overview of
these topics and why they might be of interest even beyond the string
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