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YanFeng Hang, HongJian He, "Gravitational Equivalence Theorem and DoubleCopy for KaluzaKlein Graviton Scattering Amplitudes", Research, vol. 2022, Article ID 9860945, 10 pages, 2022. https://doi.org/10.34133/2022/9860945
Gravitational Equivalence Theorem and DoubleCopy for KaluzaKlein Graviton Scattering Amplitudes
Abstract
We analyze the structure of scattering amplitudes of the KaluzaKlein (KK) gravitons and of the KK gravitational Goldstone bosons in the compactified 5d general relativity (GR). Using a general gauge fixing, we study the geometric Higgs mechanism for the massive spin2 KK gravitons. We newly propose and prove a gravitational equivalence theorem (GRET) to connect the scattering amplitudes of longitudinal KK gravitons to that of the KK gravitational Goldstone bosons, which formulates the geometric gravitational Higgs mechanism at the scatteringmatrix level. We demonstrate that the GRET provides a general energy cancellation mechanism guaranteeing the point longitudinal KK graviton scattering amplitudes to have their leading energy dependence cancelled down by a large power factor of up to any loop level. We propose an improved doublecopy approach to construct the massive KK graviton (Goldstone) amplitudes from the KK gauge boson (Goldstone) amplitudes. With these, we establish a new correspondence between the two types of energy cancellations in the fourpoint longitudinal KK amplitudes at tree level: in the KK gauge theory and in the KK GR theory.
1. Introduction
KaluzaKlein (KK) compactification [1, 2] of the extra spatial dimensions leads to infinite towers of massive KK excitation states in the lowenergy 4d effective field theory. This serves as an essential ingredient of all extra dimensional models [3–5] and the string/ theories [6]. The KK compactification realizes the geometric “Higgs” mechanisms for mass generations of KK gravitons [7, 8] and of KK gauge bosons [9] without invoking any extra Higgs boson of the conventional Higgs mechanism [10–14].
In this work, we formulate the geometric gravitational “Higgs” mechanism for the compactified 5d general relativity (GR5) by quantizing the KK GR5 under a general gauge fixing at both the Lagrangian level and the matrix level. We prove that the KK graviton propagator is free from the longstanding problem of van DamVeltman and Zakharov (vDVZ) discontinuity [15, 16] in the conventional FierzPauli massive gravity [17, 18] and the KK GR5 theory can consistently realize the mass generation for spin2 KK gravitons. Then, we propose and prove a new gravitational equivalence theorem (GRET) which quantitatively connects each scattering amplitude of the (helicityzero) longitudinally polarized KK gravitons to that of the corresponding KK Goldstone bosons. The GRET takes a highly nontrivial form and differs substantially from the KK gauge equivalence theorem (GAET) of the 5d KK gauge theories [9, 19, 20], because each massive KK graviton has 5 helicity states (, ±1, ±2) where the , ±1 components arise from absorbing a scalar Goldstone boson and a vector Goldstone boson in the 5d graviton field. We demonstrate that the GRET provides a general energy cancellation mechanism guaranteeing that the leading energy dependence of particle longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes must cancel down to a much lower energy power by an energy factor of , as enforced by matching the energy dependence of the corresponding leading gravitational KK Goldstone amplitudes, where denotes the loop number of the relevant Feynman diagram. For the fourpoint longitudinal KK graviton scattering amplitudes at tree level, this proves the energy cancellations , which explains the result of the recent explicit calculations of 4longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes [21–23].
The doublecopy approach has profound importance for understanding the quantum gravity because it uncovers the deep gaugegravity connection at the scattering matrix level, [24]. The conventional doublecopy method with colorkinematics (CK) duality of BernCarrascoJohansson (BCJ) [25–27] was proposed to connect scattering amplitudes between the massless YangMills (YM) gauge theories and the massless GR theories. It was inspired by the KawaiLewellenTye (KLT) relation [28] which connects the product of two scattering amplitudes of open strings to that of the closed string at tree level [29].
Extending the conventional doublecopy approach, we construct the massive KK graviton (Goldstone) amplitudes from the massive KK YM gauge (Goldstone) amplitudes under high energy expansion at the leading order (LO) and at the nexttoleading order (NLO). This provides an extremely efficient way to derive the complicated massive KK graviton amplitudes from the massive KK gauge boson amplitudes and gives a deep understanding on the structure of the KK graviton amplitudes.
Because the LO amplitudes of the longitudinal KK gauge bosons and of their KK Goldstone bosons have and are equal (leading to the KK GAET) [9], our doublecopy approach demonstrates that the reconstructed LO amplitudes of the longitudinal KK gravitons and of the KK Goldstone bosons have and must be equal to each other (leading to the KK GRET), where denotes the relevant KK mass. Our doublecopy construction further proves that the residual term of the GRET belongs to the NLO, which has and is suppressed by the factor relative to the LO KK Goldstone boson amplitude of .
2. Gauge Fixing and Geometric Higgs Mechanism
We consider the compactified GR5 under the orbifold where the fifth dimension is a line segment , with being the compactification radius. Extension to the case of warped 5d space [5] does not cause conceptual change regarding our current study. Thus, the 5d EinsteinHilbert (EH) action takes the following form: where the coupling constant .
Then, we expand the 5d EH action (1) under the metric perturbation , where is the 5d Minkowski metric. Thus, we can express the 5d graviton field as follows: Under the compactification of , the spin2 field and scalar field are even, while the vector field is odd. After compactification, we derive the 4d effective Lagrangian for both the zero modes and KK modes [30].
We further construct a general type gauge fixing term: where take the following form [31]: The above gauge fixing can ensure the kinetic terms and propagators of the KK fields to be diagonal. In the limit of , we recover the unitary gauge where the KK Goldstone bosons are fully absorbed (eaten) by the corresponding KK gravitons at each KK level. This realizes a geometric gravitational “Higgs” mechanism for KK graviton mass generations.
Then, we derive the propagators of KK gravitons and KK Goldstone bosons under the gauge fixing (3) [30]. For Feynman‘t Hooft gauge , the propagators take the following simple forms: which all share the same masspole , with the KK mass .
Strikingly, we observe that our massive KK graviton propagator (5a) has a smooth limit for , under which Equation (5a) reduces to the conventional massless graviton propagator of Einstein gravity. Hence, have proven that the KK graviton propagator is free from the vDVZ discontinuity [15, 16] which is a longstanding problem plaguing the conventional FierzPauli massive gravity and alike [17, 18]. This is because the GHM under KK compactification guarantees that the physical degrees of freedom of each KK graviton are conserved before and after taking the massless limit, i.e., . This demonstrates that the compactified KK GR can consistently realize the massgeneration for spin2 KK gravitons.
3. GRET Formulation for the GHM
In the previous section, we analyzed the geometric Higgs mechanism at the Lagrangian level. In this section, we further formulate the GRET, which realizes the geometric gravitational Higgs mechanism at thematrix level. Using the gaugefixing terms (3)(4) and following the method of Ref. [32, 33], we derive a SlavnovTaylortype identity in the momentum space: where denotes any other onshell physical fields after the LehmannSymanzikZimmermann (LSZ) amputation and each external momentum obeys the onshell condition . The identity (6) is a direct consequence of the diffeomorphism (gauge) invariance of the theory [31, 32].
Under the Feynman‘t Hooft gauge and at the tree level, we can directly amputate each external state by multiplying the propagatorinverse for Equation (6). Thus, we derive [31] the following GRET identity which connects the longitudinal KK graviton amplitude to the corresponding KK Goldstone amplitude plus a residual term: where and . The tensor and are the (longitudinal, scalar) polarizations of the KK graviton . We can extend the GRET (7) up to loop levels and valid for all gauges by using the gravitational BRST identities [34], similar to the ET formulation in the 5d KK YM theories [21] and in the 4d SM [32, 33, 35, 36].
Inspecting the scattering amplitudes in the GRET identity (7a), we can make direct power counting on the leading dependence of individual Feynman diagrams for each amplitude. For the 4particle scattering, the longitudinal KK graviton amplitude on the lefthandside of Equation (7a) contains individual contributions via quartic interactions or via exchanging KKmode (zeromode) gravitons. Since each external longitudinal KK graviton has polarization tensor , the leading individual contributions behave as . But we observe that on the righthandside (RHS) of Equation (7a), the external states in all amplitudes have no superficial enhancement or suppression factor. Thus, by power counting on the KK amplitudes, we find that the RHS of Equation (7a) (including the residual term ) scales as . Hence, the GRET identity (7) provides a general mechanism for the large energy cancellations of in the 4longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes.
We have further developed a generalized energypower counting method [30] for the massive KK gauge and gravity theories, by extending the conventional 4d power counting rule of Steven Weinberg for the nonlinear sigma model of low energy QCD [37, 38]. With this and the GRET (7), we can prove a general energy cancellation in the point longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes, which cancels the leading energydependence by powers [30]. For longitudinal KK gauge boson amplitudes, we also prove [31] a general energy cancellation of , which cancels the leading powers by , with . We will establish a new correspondence between the two types of energy cancellations in the point KK gauge boson amplitudes and KK graviton amplitudes in Section 5.
4. KK Graviton Scattering Amplitudes from GRET
In the following, we demonstrate explicitly how the GRET holds. For this, we compute the gravitational KK Goldstone boson scattering amplitude . The relevant Feynman diagrams having leading energy contributions are shown in Figure 1.
For the elastic scattering, we set the KK numbers of all external states as and of internal states as . Then, summing up the contributions of Figure 1 and making high energy expansion, we derive the following LO scattering amplitude of the gravitational KK Goldstone bosons: where . To compare our Equations (8) with the corresponding longitudinal KK graviton amplitude of Refs. [21, 22], we rescale our coupling to match their normalization and find that the two amplitudes are equal at the LO: Namely, , where we denote and . From the GRET identity (7a) (and Equation (18)), this means that the residual term (7b) belongs to the NLO: and thus is much smaller. We have further computed the exact treelevel Goldstone boson amplitude by including all the subleading diagrams [30].
For inelastic scattering of gravitational KK Goldstone bosons, we compute the 4point amplitudes and find that the LO inelastic amplitude is connected to the LO elastic amplitude (8) by where for , and for the cases with KK numbers having no more than one equality.
5. DoubleCopy Construction of KK Amplitudes
The doublecopy construction for the massive KK gauge/gravity scattering amplitudes are highly nontrivial. We make the first serious attempt for an explicit doublecopy construction of KK amplitudes under high energy expansion. We present the 4point elastic scattering amplitudes of longitudinal KK gauge bosons (Goldstones) at the LO and NLO: where we have denoted and . We also define the SU color factors as , which obey the Jacobi identity .
We present in Table 1 the numerator factors of Equations (12a) and (12b). Table 1 shows that and . We find that the sum of each set of the LO, NLO, and NNLO numerators of the KK gauge (Goldstone) scattering amplitudes in Equations (12) violate the kinematic Jacobi identity by terms of and , respectively: where , , and . Hence, we cannot naively apply colorkinematics duality for BCJtype doublecopy construction without making further modifications on these numerators.

Inspecting the scattering amplitudes in Equation (12), we first observe that they are invariant under the following generalized gauge transformations of their numerators: We can determine the gauge parameters by requiring the gaugetransformed numerators to obey the Jacobi identities and . Thus, we derive the following general solutions: which realize the BCJrespecting numerators . Making high energy expansions on both sides of Equation (15), we derive the expressions of the gauge parameters at the LO and NLO: With these, we further compute the new numerators and derive explicitly the LO results in Equation (19) and the NLO results in [30].
For the 5d KK YM (YM5) and 5d KK GR (GR5) theories, we expect the doublecopy correspondence between the KK gauge fields and KK graviton fields: The physical spin2 KK graviton field arises from two copies of spin1 KK gauge fields. The KK Goldstone boson of the YM5 has its doublecopy counterparts and which correspond to the scalar and vector KK Goldstone bosons in the compactified GR5. The doublecopy correspondence between the longitudinal KK modes, , is highly nontrivial even at the LO of high energy expansion, because do not exist in limit and the KK Goldstone bosons become physical states in massless limit. Thus, this doublecopy is consistently realized because we can use the KK GRET (GAET) to connect amplitudes to the amplitudes under limit.
Then, we extend the conventional doublecopy method [25–27] to the massive KK YM theory under high energy expansion. We apply the colorkinematics duality and to Equation (12) and construct the fourparticle KK graviton (Goldstone) amplitudes: where we denote the scattering amplitudes and is a conversion constant..
From Table 1 and using Equations (14) and (16), we find that the LO numerators are mass independent and equal to each other: This demonstrates the equivalence between the two leadingorder KK amplitudes at , which explicitly realizes the KK GAET. With these and using our LO doublecopy formulas in Equation (18), we can reconstruct the KK GRET: which is of . We stress that as expected, these LO amplitudes are massindependent and thus the LO doublecopy can universally hold. We further find that after setting the overall conversion constant of Equation (18) as , the reconstructed LO KK amplitude just equals the LO KK Goldstone amplitude (8) and the corresponding LO longitudinal KK graviton amplitude [30]. Hence, our doublecopy prediction (20) can prove (reconstruct) the GRET from the GAET . We derived this GRET in Equation (9) by direct Feynman diagram calculations. Note that the KK GAET relation can hold for general point longitudinal KK gauge (Goldstone) amplitudes [9, 20]. Hence, making doublecopy on both sides of can establish the GRET (20) to hold for point longitudinal KK graviton (Goldstone) amplitudes. From this, we can further establish a new correspondence between the two types of energy cancellations in the longitudinal KK gauge boson amplitudes and in the corresponding longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes (cf. the discussion around the end of Section 3).
Next, we use the doublecopy formulas (18a) and (18b) to reconstruct the 4point longitudinal KK graviton amplitude and the corresponding KK Goldstone boson amplitude at the NLO: They have the same size of and the same angular structure of as the original NLO amplitudes derived from Feynman diagram calculations [30], though their numerical coefficients still differ. Then, using Equation (21), we compute the difference between the two doublecopied NLO amplitudes and compare it with the NLO amplitude difference by Feynman diagram calculations in the KK GR5 theory: We find that they also have the same size of and the same angular structure of . Equation (22a) shows that the difference between the original NLO amplitudes exhibits a striking precise cancellations of the angular structure to . Impressively, our doublecopied NLO amplitude differencein Equation (22b) can also realize the same type of the precise angular cancellations.
The above extended NLO doublecopy results (21) and (22b) are truly encouraging, because they already give the correct structure of the NLO KK amplitudes including the precise cancellations of the angular dependence in Equations (21) and (22). These strongly suggest that our massive KK doublecopy approach is on the right track. Its importance is twofold: (i). In practice, for our proposed KK doublecopy method under high energy expansion, the LO doublecopy construction is the most important part because it newly establishes the GRET relation (Equation (20)) from the GAET relation (Equation (19) and below), as will be shown in Equation (34). The NLO KK graviton amplitudes are relevant only when we estimate the size of the residual term of our GRET (7), and here, we do not need the precise form of except to justify its size by the doublecopy construction (cf. Equation (33)). This proves that the residual termdoes belong to the NLO amplitudes and is negligible for our GRET formulation in the high energy limit. Hence, we do not need any precise NLO doublecopy here. (ii). In general, our current KK doublecopy approach as the first serious attempt to construct the massive KK graviton amplitudes has given strong motivation and important guideline for a full resolution of the exact doublecopy beyond the LO. Our further study has found out the reasons for the minor mismatch between the numerical coefficients of the doublecopied NLO amplitudes (21) and that of the direct Feynman diagram calculations. One reason is due to the doublepole structure in the KK amplitudes (including exchanges of both the zero mode and KK modes) beyond the conventional massless theories, so the additional KK mass poles contribute to our massdependent NLO amplitudes and cause a mismatch. Another reason is because the exact polarization tensor of the (helicityzero) longitudinal KK graviton is given by [30], which contains not only the longitudinal product but also the transverse products . So, other scattering amplitudes containing possible transversely polarized external KK gauge boson states should be included for a full doublecopy besides the fourlongitudinal KK gauge boson amplitude in Equation (12).
With these in minds, we have further used a first principle approach of the KK string theory in our recent study [39] to derive the extended massive KLTlike relations between the product of the KK open string amplitudes and the KK closed string amplitude. In the field theory limit, we can derive the exact doublecopy relations between the product of the KK gauge boson amplitudes and the KK graviton amplitude at tree level [39]. In such exact doublecopy relations, all the relevant helicity indices of the external KK gauge boson states are summed over to match the corresponding polarization tensors of the external KK graviton states. The doublepole structure is also avoided by first making the 5d compactification under (without orbifold) where the KK numbers are strictly conserved and the amplitudes are ensured to have singlepole structure. Then, we can define the even (odd) KK states as and derive the amplitudes under compactification from the combinations of those amplitudes under the compactification [39]. Using this improved massive doublecopy approach, we can exactly reconstruct all the massive KK graviton amplitudes at tree level. For the four longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes under , we derive the following (BCJtype) exact massive doublecopy formula: where denote the kinematic numerators under the compactification and each external KK gauge boson has 3 helicity states (with and ). We use to label each possible combination of the KK numbers for external gauge bosons, which obey the condition of KK number conservation . For the elastic KK scattering, we have In Equation (23), denotes the coefficients in the longitudinal polarization tensor of th external KK graviton [30], , where are the helicity indices for the th external gauge boson. The denominator of (23) is defined as , where and .
Then, we make high energy expansion for the corresponding elastic amplitude of KK gauge bosons (under compactification) at the LO and NLO: With this, we expand the exact doublecopy formula of the longitudinal KK graviton amplitude (23) under the high energy expansion of : It can be proven that the above doublecopied LO amplitude is equivalent to the LO amplitude given in Equation (18a) [39]. We explicitly compute the above LO amplitude and find that just equals that of Equation (8) as well as Equation (S22a) [30]. Then, we further compute the above doublecopied NLO amplitude as follows: We find that this fully agrees with the exact NLO elastic KK graviton amplitude derived from the direct Feynman diagram calculation in Equation (S22b) of the supplemental material [30]. The above analysis is an explicit demonstration that we can realize the exact (BCJtype) massive doublecopy construction of the fourpoint KK graviton amplitudes in Equation (23), as well as the precise doublecopy of the KK graviton amplitudes (26) and (27) at both the LO and NLO of the high energy expansion. We will systematically pursue this new direction in our future work.
Finally, it is very encouraging that our improved massive doublecopy construction of the longitudinal KK graviton (KK Goldstone) amplitude in Equation (18) is based on the pure longitudinal KK gauge (KK Goldstone) amplitude (12) alone, which can already give not only the precise LO KK graviton (KK Goldstone) amplitude, but also the correct structure of the NLO KK graviton (KK Goldstone) amplitude (21). In the following, we will propose another improved doublecopy method to further reproduce the exact longitudinal KK graviton (KK Goldstone) amplitudes at the NLO and beyond. It only uses the amplitudes of pure longitudinal KK gauge bosons (KK Goldstone bosons) alone, hence it is practically simple and valuable. For this, we construct the following improved NLO numerators: where are functions of and can be determined by matching our improved NLO KK amplitudes of doublecopy with the original NLO KK graviton (Goldstone) amplitudes of the GR5. Then, we solve as Note that the modified numerators (28) continue to hold the Jacobi identity. Because the corresponding NLO gauge (Goldstone) amplitudes are modified only by terms of NLO, so we can still hold the general GAET identity by redefining the residual term as . Using Equations (28)(29), we can reproduce the exact NLO KK gravitational scattering amplitudes [shown in Equations (S22a)(S22b) of the Supplemental Material [30]]. This doublecopy procedure can be further applied to higher orders beyond the NLO when needed.
6. GRET Residual Terms and Energy Cancellation
According to Table 1 and the generalized gauge transformation (14), we can explicitly deduce the equivalence between the KK gauge boson amplitude and the corresponding KK Goldstone boson amplitude, which belongs to the LO of . Using our doublecopy method, we further derived the GRET relation at the as shown in Equation (20). Thus, the residual terms of the GAET and the GRET (7) are given by the differences between the KK longitudinal amplitude and KK Goldstone amplitude at the NLO: The size of can be easily understood by using our generalized power counting rule [30]. But, making the direct power counting gives for its individual amplitudes, which has the same energy dependence as the LO KK Goldstone amplitude (8).
We can further determine the size of the residual term by the doublecopy construction (18) based upon the KK gauge (Goldstone) boson scattering amplitudes of the YM5 theory alone (which are well understood [9, 19, 20, 40]). From Equation (18) and Table 1, we can estimate the residual term by power counting, Thus, we deduce the doublecopy correspondence between the residual term of the GAET and the residual term of the GRET: Hence, our doublecopy construction proves that the GRET residual term should have an energy cancellation among its individual amplitudes in Eq. (7b). This means that is much smaller than the leading KK Goldstone amplitude .
From the above doublecopy construction, we can establish a new correspondence from the GAET of the KK YM5 theory to the GRET of the 5d KK GR (GR5) theory:
We will present a systematically expanded analysis in the companion long paper [31], which includes our elaborations of the current key points and our extension of KLT relations [28] (along with CHY [41–43]) to the doublecopy construction of massive KK graviton amplitudes.
7. Conclusions
In this work, we newly formulated the geometric “Higgs” mechanism for the mass generation of KaluzaKlein (KK) gravitons of the compactified 5d GR (GR5) theory at both the Lagrangian level and the scattering Smatrix level. Using a general gauge fixing of quantization, we proved that the KK graviton propagator is free from the longstanding problem of the vDVZ discontinuity [15, 16] in the conventional FierzPauli massive gravity [17, 18] and demonstrated that the KK gravity theory consistently realizes the massgeneration for spin2 KK gravitons.
We newly proposed and proved a gravitational equivalence theorem (GRET) which connects the point scattering amplitudes of the longitudinal KK gravitons to that of the gravitational KK Goldstone bosons. We computed the fourpoint scattering amplitudes of KK Goldstone bosons in comparison with the longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes and explicitly proved the equivalence between the leading amplitudes of the longitudinal KK graviton scattering and the corresponding KK Goldstone boson scattering at .
We developed a generalized power counting method for massive KK gauge and gravity theories. Using the GRET and the new power counting rules, we established a general energy cancellation mechanism under which the leading energy dependence of particle longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes must cancel down to a much lower energy power by an energy factor of , where denotes the loop number of the relevant Feynman diagram. For the case of longitudinal KK graviton scattering amplitudes with and , this proves the energy cancellations of .
Extending the conventional massless doublecopy method [25–27] to the compactified massive KK YM and GR theories, we derived the Jacobirespecting numerators and constructed the amplitudes of longitudinal KK gravitons (KK Goldstone bosons) under high energy expansion. Using the doublecopy method, we established a new correspondence between the two energy cancellations in the fourpoint longitudinal KK amplitudes: in the 5d KK YM gauge theory and in the 5d KK GR theory, which is connected to the doublecopy correspondence between the GAET and GRET as we derived in Eq. (34). Furthermore, we analyzed the structure of the residual term in the GRET (7) and further uncovered a new energy cancellation mechanism of therein.
Finally, we stress that the geometric Higgs mechanism is a general consequence of the KK compactification of extra spatial dimensions and should be realized for other KK gravity theories with more than one extra dimensions or nonflat extra dimensions. We note that our identity (6) results from the underlying gravitational diffeomorphism invariance and thus should generally hold for any compactified 5d KK GR theory with proper gaugefixing functions. Thus, we expect that the GRET should generally hold for other 5d KK GR theories and take similar form as the present Eq. (7) [34]. For instance, we find that the geometric Higgs mechanism and the large energycancellations of the longitudinal KK graviton amplitudes are also realized in the compactified warped 5d space of the RandallSundrum model [5] and our GRET will work in the similar way. Following the current work, it is encouraging to further study these interesting issues in our future work [34].
Data Availability
All data needed for the current work are presented in this paper and the Supplementary Materials. Additional data related to this paper may be requested from the authors.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declared that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publications of this work.
Acknowledgments
This research was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (under grant Nos. 11835005 and 11675086), by the National Key R&D Program of China (under grant No. 2017YFA 0402204), and by the CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP).
Supplementary Materials
In the Supplementary Materials, we include the following contents which provide the relevant technical details for the analyses presented in the main text of this paper. I. Kinematics of KK scattering. II. Feynman rules for 5d KK GR theory. III. Power counting and energy cancellations for KK graviton amplitudes. IV. KK graviton and Goldstone scattering amplitudes. (Supplementary Materials)
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