# Questions tagged [branes]

A (p-)brane is a dynamically evolving physical object that generalizes the notion of a point particle to (p) higher dimensions. A point particle can be viewed as a brane of dimension zero, a string as a brane of dimension one, and a membrane (sheet) as a brane of dimension two. Do not use for particles or strings, however, unless in comparative juxtapositions.

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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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### How to find the rank of the matrix $\frac{\partial ^2\mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{X^\mu} \partial \dot{X^\nu} }$ for the Nambu-Goto string Lagrangian?

In this case $$\mathcal{L}~=~-T\sqrt{-\dot{X^2}X'^2+(\dot{X}\cdot X')^2}.$$ I was reading some books and papers about the constraints in the Nambu-Goto action, and all of them say something like the ...
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### M branes/D branes are solitons?

I'm really confused. In M theory/String theory, the fundamental objects are M/D branes. However, branes by defintion are just solitons. Solitons are just waves that maintain there shape. So if a ...
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### 2 coinciding D-branes leads to a $U(2)$ gauge theory

I'm having trouble understanding how two D-branes leads to a $U(2)$ gauge theory from David Tong's notes, chapter 7, pages 191-192. I am learning group theory and I understand that a 'charge' is a ...
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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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### 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 ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Why does only gravity leak into extra non-compact dimensions?

This article K. Pardo, et. al., Limits on the number of spacetime dimensions from GW170817, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Vol. 2018, 2018. which was published recently in JCAP ...
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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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### Type II Superstring and Open String

I would like to trow away some confusion I'm accumulating. Usually when superstrings are introducted (see for example Wikipedia) one says: Type I is a theory of open and closed strings, while Type II ...
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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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### Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing?

Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing? Reading Hawking, he uses 11D Supergravity and M-Theory interchangeably. http://www.hawking.org.uk/quantum-cosmology-m-theory-and-the-anthropic-...
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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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### D branes Ns brane and p-branes

It is now a common knowledge that "D-p branes are equivalent to p-branes" due to Polchinski's work. Note that D-p branes are objects in string theory and p-branes are objects in blackhole theory. So ...
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### In M Theory, what does the M5 brane look like?

In M theory, the fundamental 1 strings are made out of the compactification of an M2 brane. In String Theory: Volume 2, Superstring Theory and Beyond By Joseph Polchinski Pg. 204 He states that ...
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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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### 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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### Higgs Mechanism on Parallel Separated D-Branes

I do understand the intuitive logic behind the Higgs mechanism for parallel D-branes that are separated by a distance $x$, but I would like to see a more quantitative argument. Is it possible to ...
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### Path integral for fermion on circle

I am trying to understand talk by Edward Witten Nonsupersymmetric D-Branes and the Kitaev Fermion Chain. More concretely, I wanna to understand this slide: If I try to calculate such path integral I ...
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### D-branes as the atoms of Calabi-Yau crystals

I'm studying the Nishinaka-Yoshida crystal models that encode the generating function of $D4$-$D2$-$D0$ BPS bound states on a Calabi-Yau divisor. The case of conifold at its singular point is ...
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### Branes Collision -> Big Bang

Branes Collision - Big Bang http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/4082/collision.jpg Imagine universe occurred when two parallel branes collided, Momentum of Branes converted to big bang kinetic energy ...
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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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### Why is the Polyakov action special for $p\!=\!1$ branes?

Reading this article I ran into a doubt. It derives the Polyakov action for a general $p$-brane $$S(X,g)=-\frac{T}{2}\int\text{d}^{p+1}\xi\,\sqrt{-g}\left(g^{ab}h_{ab}-(p-1)\right)\tag{7}$$ by ...
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### Does different “side” of D-branes matter?

The picture of wiki showed some strings attached on D-branes. However, consider those D2 branes in 3 dimensional world. Then D2 branes had two "sides". Case 1. Let a string started at one of ...
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### Can we have bubbles of the tenth dimension in our universe?

If the gap between the branes in the Big Bounce theory is the 10th dimension, and branes have wrinkles as they collide, can our universe have 'bubbles' in the 10th dimension? This is in reference to ...