We consider unstable DO-branes of two dimensional string theory, described by the boundary state of Zamolodchikov and Zamolodchikov  multiplied by the Neumann boundary state for the time coordinate t. In the dual description in terms of the c = 1 matrix model, this DO-brane is described by a matrix eigenvalue on top of the upside down harmonic oscillator potential. As suggested by McGreevy and Verlinde , an eigenvalue rolling down the potential describes D-brane decay. As the eigenvalue moves down the potential to the asymptotic region it can be described as a free relativistic fermion. Bosonizing this fermion we get a description of the state in terms of a coherent state of the tachyon field in the asymptotic region, up to a non-local linear field redefinition by an energy-dependent phase. This coherent state agrees with the exponential of the closed string one-point function on a disk with Sen's marginal boundary interaction for t which describes DO-brane decay.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Bosonic Strings
- Tachyon Condensation