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Why one-dimensional strings, but not higher-dimensional shells/membranes?

One way that I've seen to sort-of motivate string theory is to 'generalize' the relativistic point particle action, resulting in the Nambu-Goto action. However, once you see how to make this '...
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Why should the modes of the linearized metric perturbation be “wavefunctions” of gravitons (in the Randall-Sundrum model)?

In "An Alternative to Compactification" by Randall and Sundrum, they discuss the localization of "graviton modes" around the Planck brane in the Randall-Sundrum model where we have a compact fifth ...
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Matrix geometry for F-strings

A stack of N D-branes has the strange property that the traverse D-brane coordinates are matrix-valued. When the matrices commute, they can be interpreted as ordinary coordinates for N ...
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What happens when two D-branes annihilate?

What happens when two D-branes annihilate? Do we get a radiation of strings?
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Is it possible to derive the brane action in pure supergravity?

The branes that source the RR fields of supergravity are described by the DBI action plus a CS term. I know this only from superstring considerations. Is there a way to find this result without ...
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The stability of D-Brane

In "String Theory and M-Theory: a modern introduction" by K.Becker, M. Becker and J.H.Schwarz, they say that BPS D-brane is stable as it preserves half of the Supersymmetry. I really want to ...
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Electric charge in string theory

The mass of an elementary particle in string theory is related with the way the string vibrates. The more frantically a string vibrates the more energy it posses and hence the more massive it is. My ...
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Counting D0-D4 Bound States

I have a slightly technical combinatorics question. Consider the degeneracy $D_n$ of bound states of $n$ D0 branes and one D4 brane. This is given in Polchinski by (13.6.24), \begin{align} \sum_{n=0}...
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What does it mean to “wrap” a D-brane around some manifold?

I am getting quite confused with this terminology when I read the papers. Like while constructing the near horizon $AdS_3$ in the $D1-D5$ system one considers $IIB$ on $R^{1,4}\times M^4 \times S^1$ ...
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Critical dimension in quantization of p-branes

So I have what might be a fairly basic question, but my understanding that in the quantization of the the string, or the 1-brane, there are conditions on the number of spacetime dimensions to ensure ...
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Disappearance of moduli for condensate of open strings

Consider a Dp-brane. Compactify $d$ spatial dimensions over a torus $T^d$. Suppose $d\geqslant p$, and that the Dp-brane is completely wrapped around the compactified dimensions. Look at the open ...
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M(atrix) theory and things other than D0-branes? And is it non-peturbative M-theory or non-peturbative Type IIA theory?

When I first read the BFSS Paper on M(atrix)-theory, I was under the impression that it was a non-peturbative formulation of M-theory. But recently, upon reading this paper of Nathan Seiberg's, I ...
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Why does unbroken supersymmetry imply the absence of tachyons?

Just a quick question, same as in the title. I'm trying to understand stable D-branes.
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A question about the coupling between string and gauge field $A_{\mu}$

I have a question about deriving the coupling term of string and the gauge field on brane. According to David Tong's lecture note p184/(191 in acrobat), the coupling is given by $$ S_{\mathrm{end-...
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Questions on D branes and their role in the AdS/CFT correspondence

I'm a beginner in learning the AdS/CFT correspondence, and I come across two problems that I hope an answer will be given here. D branes in string theory are usually introduced through the T-duality ...
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Mass of a superstring between two branes?

A open bosonic string between two parallel branes seems to obey formulae such as $M^2 = \big((n + {\theta_i - \theta_j \over 2 \pi}) {R' \over \alpha'}\big)^2 + {N-1 \over \alpha'} $ So that the ...
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String frame and Einstein frame for a Dp-brane

The low energy effective action for $N$ D$p$-branes in the string frame is $$ S_\text{eff} = \frac{1}{16\pi G_{10}}\int d^{10}x \sqrt{-g}\ e^{-2\phi}(R+ 4(\partial\phi)^2+\cdots) $$ where $R$ is the ...
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Why does a string connected between a D0-brane and an anti-D0-brane turn into a tachyon upon their annihilation?

Consider a string stretched between a D0-brane and an anti-D0-brane. In this case as the stretching energy is greater than the quantum zero point energy the string will have a positive mass. But, as ...
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AdS/CFT dual of $N$ D$p$-branes at finite temperature

The gravity dual of $N$ D$p$-branes at zero temperature is $$ ds^2= H^{-1/2}(r)(-dt^2+dx_p^2) + H^{1/2}(r)(dr^2 + r^2d\Omega_{8-p}^2) $$ with $$ H(r) = 1 + \left(\frac{R}{r}\right)^{7-p} $$ what ...
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What is the difference between D branes, M branes, and NS branes?

I know that D$p$ branes are branes with $p$ spatial dimension with satisfying Dirichlet boundary condition. I want to confirm the following things. First, I heard the D-branes are massive, and these ...
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Solitonic nature of RR sources

In the famous paper by Polchinski where he shows that D-branes are sourcing RR fields, he says (before we known the result) that RR sources must be objects with tension going like $1/g_s$ (page two of ...
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Closed strings = open ones attached to a D0-brane?

I decided recently (to try) to learn String Theory, however from the beginning some newbie questions came up, which haven't given me a break. For this reason, I decided to ask some of them. I'd prefer ...
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In 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional universes, stellar systems and galaxies are flat and disky. But what about in 4-dimensional universes?

I just watched that interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmNXKqeUtJM In 2 dimensions a cloud of particles rotating in a plane is flat by definition since it's in 2 dimensions. ...
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$D$-brane and 5th dimensions

While I was looking up the 5th dimension of the Randall-Sandram model, I have wondered whether Kaluza Klein theory can be applied to the $D$-brane or $p$-brane. Can the $D$-brane and $p$-brane ...
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Negative open string norms after BRST cohomology?

The question Disappearance of moduli for condensate of open strings made me think. Suppose we have a Dp-brane completely wrapped over a $T^d$ compactification with $p\leqslant d$. Look at an open ...
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For intersecting branes, are we allowed to compactify on a torus such that one of the branes becomes dense in it? What is the result?

The story of how to get chiral fermions in the low-energy effective theory of a string theory with intersecting branes goes something like this: At the point of intersection of two branes, a direct ...
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What, exactly, is a “delta function p-form” as used in the theory of branes?

In string theory, when dealing with branes, the following happens: We rewrite a worldvolume action $S = \int_{\Sigma_{p+1}} \omega^{(p+1)}$ of a $D_p$-brane as an integral over the whole $\mathbb{R}^{...
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What kind of fields can couple naturally to a $p$-form gauge fields in a Lagrangian?

Ordinary $U(1)$ gauge fields can naturally couple to classical fields such as spin-$1/2$ fields via the Dirac Lagrangian, or to complex spin-$0$ fields via the obvious covariant derivative coupling, ...
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Higgs mechanism on a brane- application to a 2d superconductor

In usual three-dimensional superconductors the would-be Goldstone mode is eaten up by the electromagnetic gauge field via the standard Higgs mechanism. I am thinking now about a problem of a two-...
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Brane interactions?

In particle physics, in QFT's, interactions come from the interaction piece in the Lagrangian (action). In string theory, waiting for a complete formulation of SFT, we have to add "by hand" ...
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Concerning topology of BPS states of the M5-brane

My question is about the M5-brane in M-theory. I would like to know whether the BPS states of the M5-brane worldvolume theory (especially the 1/2 BPS and 1/4 BPS ones) are independent of the topology ...
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Connection between the M5 brane and (2, 0) superconformal field theory

I have read that the worldvolume theory of the M5 brane is a $(2, 0)$ superconformal field theory (SCFT). But I have also learnt from talks that the $(2, 0)$ theory lacks a Lagrangian description. ...
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Creation of a miniature universe?

I am not referring to the experiment being conducted at Lancaster University involving liquid helium and a magnetic field to build a marble sized representation of the early cosmos. My question is: ...
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Why M-theory has only M2 and M5 branes?

Why M-theory has only M2 and M5 branes? In string theory, depending on the type one considers, you get all kind of D-branes. What is so special in M-theory that only allows 2 and 5 branes?
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Do extra-dimensional theories like ADD or Randall-Sundrum require string theory to be true?

What I mean is could it turn out that the world is not described by string theory / M-Theory, but that nevertheless some version of one of these extra-dimensional theories is true? I have no real ...
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String theory: why not use $n$-dimensional blocks/objects/branes?

I have a basic question: if we use 1d string to replace 0d particle to gain insight of nature in string theory, and advanced to use 2d membranes, can we imagine that using $3$- or $n$-dimensional ...
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Even-branes in IIA and odd-branes in IIB

The R-R sector of IIA and IIB are respectively given as, $8_s \otimes 8_c = [1]\oplus [3] = 8_v \oplus 56_t$ $8_s \otimes 8_s = [0]\oplus [2] \oplus [4]_+ = 1 \oplus 28 \oplus 35_+$ Now looking at ...
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Must string models that describe 4d effective field theories always have D-branes that extend in the 4 non-compact spacetime dimensions?

In string theory the D-branes give those directions that the strings are allowed to move along. The string excitations give the fields that we detect. Is it correct to think of a particle propagating ...
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A question about T duality

Normally T-duality is introduced perturbatively by computing world-sheet spectrum of fundamental strings, and one of the conclusions is that it switches between momentum mode and winding mode of ...
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The theory of strings stretching between intersecting D-branes

I am trying to understand various aspects of intersecting D-branes in terms of the gauge theories on the worldvolume of the D-branes. One thing I'd like to understand is the worldvolume action for ...
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A question about Kaluza-Klein mechanism

We know that there is a kind of compactification mechanism named Kaluza-Klein theory which states that the extra dimensions can be compacted dimensions such as $T^n$ or $S^n$ and so on. To make the ...
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How many orientifold planes does one need?

According to the book ''String Theory in a Nutshell'' by Elias Kiritsis (page 204, linked here), the tension of an $Op$-plane is $$T_{Op} = -2^{p-4}T_{Dp}$$ With this picture, one gets -- for type ...
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D-branes conserving only half of the supersymmetries

Concerning D-branes as BPS states from T-duality. In D-Branes by Johnson (and other sources) I find the following statement (p.196): "Only the total [supersymmetric] charge of $Q_a+\tilde{Q}_a$ of ...
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What is the relationship between a brane, a manifold, and a space?

I've read many ways to define manifold; one way is to define it as a type of mathematical space (a type of topological space to be exact). All of the definitions that I've seen for brane, on the ...
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D-branes in type II string theory

D-branes, as I currently understand them, are submanifolds of spacetime on which open strings can end with Dirichlet boundary conditions. On the other hand, type II string theory is a theory of ...
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Can a D-brane be closed and contractible?

Let's consider for simplicity D-branes in bosonic string theory. I have a very basic question whose answer I couldn't find clearly stated in the few textbooks where I looked for it. Take for ...
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Neumann boundary condition and the open string

In string theory, If an open string obeys the Neumann boundary condition, then in the static gauge, one can show that the end points move at the speed of light. The derivation is straightforward, but ...
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What makes the strings (or $p$-branes) that occur in string theory vibrate?

A normal spring (for example in my ballpoint) is made of particles that interact with each other wich makes the string vibrate with a frequency that depends on the material (the particles). Now a ...
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Does Type IIB string theory feature D(-1) and D9 branes?

I'm slightly confused as to how one deduces the D-brane content of a string theory by studying the p-form fields in the effective field theory. In type IIB supergravity one has: The Kalb-Ramond 2-...
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Type I string theory on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$ and the K3 orbifold limit

Consider Type IIB string theory with 4 O7-planes and 32 D7-branes on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$. The K3 induces D3-charge on their world-volumes which can be cancelled by the introduction of ...