We use the abelian Born-Infeld action for the world-volume gauge field and transverse displacement scalars to explore new aspects of D-brane structure and dynamics. We study several classic gauge field configurations, including point charges in any world-volume dimension and vortices in two world-volume dimensions, and show that, with an appropriate excitation of the transverse coordinate field, they are BPS-saturated solutions. The Coulomb point charge solutions turn out to represent, with considerable fidelity, fundamental strings attached to the brane (their magnetic counterparts describe D1-branes attached to D3-branes). We also show that the S-matrix for small excitations propagating on the point charge solution is consistent with (and gives further illuminating information about) Polchinski's effective open string boundary condition.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics