Higher gauge theories from Lie n-algebras and off-shell covariantization

  title={Higher gauge theories from Lie n-algebras and off-shell covariantization},
  author={Ursula Carow-Watamura and Marc Andre Heller and Noriaki Ikeda and Yukio Kaneko and Satoshi Watamura},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Physics},
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