The (2, 0) superalgebra, null M-branes and Hitchin’s system

P. Kucharski, Neil Lambert*, Dylan Owen

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We present an interacting system of equations with sixteen supersymmetries and an SO(2) × SO(6) R-symmetry where the fields depend on two space and one null dimensions that is derived from a representation of the six-dimensional (2, 0) superalgebra. The system can be viewed as two M5-branes compactified on S−1×T2 or equivalently as M2-branes on ℝ+× ℝ2, where ± refer to null directions. We show that for a particular choice of fields the dynamics can be reduced to motion on the moduli space of solutions to the Hitchin system. We argue that this provides a description of intersecting null M2-branes and is also related by U-duality to a DLCQ description of four-dimensional maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2017


  • Extended Supersymmetry
  • Field Theories in Higher Dimensions
  • M-Theory


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