New symmetries in Fierz-Pauli massive gravity

Gianmassimo Tasinato, Kazuya Koyama, Gustavo Niz

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We expose a new symmetry for linear perturbations around a solution of non-linear Fierz-Pauli massive gravity plus a bare cosmological constant. The cosmological constant is chosen such that the background metric is flat while the Stückelberg fields have a non-trivial profile. Around this background, at linear order the new symmetry reduces the propagating degrees of freedom to those of General Relativity, namely the massless helicity 2 modes only. We discuss the physical consequences and possible applications of these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number62
Pages (from-to)62
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Gauge Symmetry
  • Classical Theories of Gravity


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