Asymptotic symmetries of three-dimensional Chern-Simons gravity for the Maxwell algebra

Patrick Concha, Nelson Merino, Olivera Miskovic, Evelyn Rodríguez, Patricio Salgado-Rebolledo, Omar Valdivia

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We study a three-dimensional Chern-Simons gravity theory based on the Maxwell algebra. We find that the boundary dynamics is described by an enlargement and deformation of the bms3 algebra with three independent central charges. This symmetry arises from a gravity action invariant under the local Maxwell group and is characterized by presence of Abelian generators which modify the commutation relations of the super-translations in the standard bms3 algebra. Our analysis is based on the charge algebra of the theory in the BMS gauge, which includes the known solutions of standard asymptotically flat case. The field content of the theory is different than the one of General Relativity, but it includes all its geometries as particular solutions. In this line, we also study the stationary solutions of the theory in ADM form and we show that the vacuum energy and the vacuum angular momentum of the stationary configuration are influenced by the presence of the gravitational Maxwell field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number79
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Classical Theories of Gravity
  • Conformal and W Symmetry
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence
  • Space-Time Symmetries


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