The Mabuchi energy is an interesting geometric functional on the space of Kähler metrics that plays a crucial rôle in the study of the geometry of Kähler manifolds. We show that this functional, as well as other related geometric actions, contribute to the effective gravitational action when a massive scalar field is coupled to gravity in two dimensions in a small mass expansion. This yields new theories of two-dimensional quantum gravity generalizing the standard Liouville models.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics