The M5-brane Hamiltonian

E. Bergshoeff, D. Sorokin, P.K. Townsend

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We obtain the Hamiltonian form of the world-volume action for the M5-brane in a general D = 11 supergravity background. We use this result to obtain a new version of the covariant M5-brane Lagrangian in which the tension appears as a dynamical variable, although this Lagrangian has some unsatisfactory features which we trace to peculiarities of the null limit. We also show that the M5-brane action is invariant under all (super)isometries of the background.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303 - 316
Number of pages14
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Hamiltonian formulation
  • Superspace
  • Kappa symmetry
  • M-branes

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