Non-linear electrodynamics from massive gravity

Thomas Flöss*, Diederik Roest, Tom Westerdijk

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As a counterpart to the four-fermion interaction, which describes massive vector exchange at low energies, we investigate the low energy effective action of photons under exchange of a massive graviton. We show how integrating out a massive graviton leads to the most general duality-invariant vector interactions in 4D or, vice versa, how any such interactions have a natural interpretation within massive gravity. Moreover, we demonstrate how the special case of Born-Infeld theory arises from arguably the simplest graviton potential within ghost-free dRGT massive gravity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number194
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2024


  • Classical Theories of Gravity
  • Effective Field Theories
  • Scattering Amplitudes

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