D-branes and K-theory

Edward Witten

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Abstract

By exploiting recent arguments about stable nonsupersymmetric D-brane states, we argue that D-brane charge takes values in the K-theory of spacetime, as has been suspected before. In the process, we gain a new understanding of some novel objects proposed recently - such as the Type I zerobrane - and we describe some new objects - such as a -1-brane in Type I superstring theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume1998
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • D-branes
  • String duality
  • Superstring vacua

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