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Generalized SU(2) Proca theory


Following previous works on generalized Abelian Proca theory, also called vector Galileon, we investigate the massive extension of an SU(2) gauge theory, i.e., the generalized SU(2) Proca model, which could be dubbed non-Abelian vector Galileon. This particular symmetry group permits fruitful applications in cosmology such as inflation driven by gauge fields. Our approach consists in building, in an exhaustive way, all the Lagrangians containing up to six contracted Lorentz indices. For this purpose, and after identifying by group theoretical considerations all the independent Lagrangians which can be written at these orders, we consider the only linear combinations propagating 3 degrees of freedom and having healthy dynamics for their longitudinal mode, i.e., whose pure Stückelberg contribution turns into the SU(2) multi-Galileon dynamics. Finally, and after having considered the curved space-time expansion of these Lagrangians, we discuss the form of the theory at all subsequent orders.

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hal-01409119 , version 1 (05-12-2016)



Erwan Allys, Patrick Peter, Yeinzon Rodríguez. Generalized SU(2) Proca theory. Physical Review D, 2016, 94 (8), pp.084041 ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.94.084041⟩. ⟨hal-01409119⟩
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