Curvature squared invariants in six-dimensional N = (1,0) supergravity

Butter D., Novak J., Özkan M. , Pang Y., Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli G.

JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, no.4, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/jhep04(2019)013


We describe the supersymmetric completion of several curvature-squared invariants for N = (1, 0) supergravity in six dimensions. The construction of the invariants is based on a close interplay between superconformal tensor calculus and recently developed superspace techniques to study general off-shell supergravity-matter couplings. In the case of minimal off-shell Poincare supergravity based on the dilaton-Weyl multiplet coupled to a linear multiplet as a conformal compensator, we describe off-shell supersymmetric completions for all the three possible purely gravitational curvature-squared terms in six dimensions: Riemann, Ricci, and scalar curvature squared. A linear combination of these invariants describes the off-shell completion of the Gauss-Bonnet term, recently presented in arXiv:1706.09330. We study properties of the Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet super-gravity, which plays a central role in the effective low-energy description of -corrected string theory compactified to six dimensions, including a detailed analysis of the spectrum about the AdS(3) x S-3 solution. We also present a novel locally superconformal invariant based on a higher-derivative action for the linear multiplet. This invariant, which includes gravitational curvature-squared terms, can be defined both coupled to the standard-Weyl or dilaton-Weyl multiplet for conformal supergravity. In the first case, we show how the addition of this invariant to the supersymmetric Einstein-Hilbert term leads to a dynamically generated cosmological constant and non-supersymmetric (A)dS(6) solutions. In the dilaton-Weyl multiplet, the new off-shell invariant includes Ricci and scalar curvaturesquared terms and possesses a nontrivial dependence on the dilaton field.