We give a unified description of all BPS states of M-theory compactified on T5 in terms of the five-brane. We compute the mass spectrum and degeneracies and find that the SO(5,5,ℤ) U-duality symmetry naturally arises as a T-duality by assuming that the world-volume theory of the five-brane itself is described by a string theory. We also consider the compactification on S1/ℤ2 × T4, and give a new explanation for its correspondence with heterotic string theory by exhibiting its dual equivalence to M-theory on K3 × S1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- BPS states
- Black holes
- String theory