Massless field supermultiplets with arbitrary spin

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Lagrangians for massless free fields with arbitrary spins are derived by postulating gauge transformations for these fields. Global supersymmetry field variations are then exhibited for a massless system involving the pair of spins (S,S+ 1 2), and the supersymmetry algebra is explicitly shown to close on-shell. The linear representation theorem for this algebra is used to prove these massless systems are suitably free of intermediate helicity modes. Local coupling of higher-spin fermions to gravity is briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Aug 13 1979
Externally publishedYes


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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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