Conformal and Einstein gravity from twistor actions

Timothy Adamo, Lionel Mason

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We use the embedding of Einstein gravity with cosmological constant into
conformal gravity as a basis for using the twistor action for conformal gravity
to obtain maximal-helicity-violating (MHV) scattering amplitudes not just for
conformal gravity, but also for Einstein gravity on backgrounds with nonzero
cosmological constant. The new formulae for the gravitational MHV amplitude with cosmological constant arise by summing Feynman diagrams using the matrix-tree theorem. We show that this formula is well-defined (i.e.,
is independent of certain gauge choices) and that it non-trivially reproduces
Hodges’ formula for the MHV amplitude in the flat-space limit. We give a
preliminary discussion of an MHV formalism for more general amplitudes
obtained from the conformal gravity twistor action in an axial gauge. We also
see that the embedding of Einstein data into the conformal gravity action can
be performed off-shell in twistor space to give a proposal for an Einsten twistor
action that automatically gives the same MHV amplitude. These ideas extend
naturally to N = 4 supersymmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)2-46
Number of pages45
JournalClassical and quantum gravity
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2014


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