BPS spectrum of the five-brane and black hole entropy

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Erik Verlinde, Herman Verlinde

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We propose a formulation of 11-dimensional M-theory in terms of five-branes with closed strings on their world-volume. We use this description to construct the complete spectrum of BPS states in compactifications to six and five dimensions. We compute the degeneracy for fixed charge and find it to be in accordance with U-duality (which in our formulation is manifest in six dimensions) and the statistical entropy formula of the corresponding black hole. We also briefly comment on the compactification to four dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-88
Number of pages12
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 17 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Black holes
  • Duality
  • Entropy
  • Five-brane
  • M-theory
  • String theory


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