Creation of fundamental strings by crossing dirichlet branes

Ulf Danielsson, Gabriele Ferretti, Igor R. Klebanov

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We study the force balance between orthogonally positioned p-brane and (8-p)-brane. The force due to graviton and dilaton exchange is repulsive in this case. We identify the attractive force that balances this repulsion as due to one-half of a fundamental string stretched between the branches. As the p-brane passes through the (8-p)-brane, the connecting string changes direction, which may be interpreted as creation of one fundamental string. We show this directly from the structure of the Chern-Simons terms in the D-brane effective actions. We also discuss the effect of string creation on the 0-brane quantum mechanics in the type I’ theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1984-1987
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 15 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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