Extracting Bigravity from String Amplitudes

Chrysoula Markou (MPP, Munich)

Aug 25. 2021, 14:00 — 15:00

The origin of the graviton from string theory is well understood: it corresponds to a massless state in closed string spectra, whose low-energy effective action, as extracted from string scattering amplitudes, is that of Einstein-Hilbert. In this talk, based on arXiv:2106.04614, we will discuss the possibility of a such a string-theoretic emergence of ghost-free bimetric theory, a recently proposed extension of general relativity that involves two dynamical metrics and which around particular backgrounds propagates the graviton and a massive spin-2 field, with the latter having been put forward as a viable dark matter candidate.

Further Information
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Associated Event:
Geometry for Higher Spin Gravity: Conformal Structures, PDEs, and Q-manifolds (Thematic Programme)
Xavier Bekaert (U of Tours)
Andreas Cap (U of Vienna)
Stefan Fredenhagen (U of Vienna)
Maxim Grigoriev (U of Mons)
Alexei Kotov (U Hradec Králové)