Some considerations on the Mac Dowell-Mansouri action

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A precise relation is established between the Stelle-West formulation of the Mac Dowell-Mansouri approach to a gauge theory of gravity and the approach based on a gauged Wess-Zumino-Witten term. In particular, it is shown that a consistent truncation of the latter correspond to the former. A brief review of the Lovelock-Chern-Simons motivation behind the gauged WZW ones is also done.

Original languageEnglish
Article number069
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Classical theories of gravity
  • Gauge symmetry


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