Duality relations among topological effects in string theory

Edward Witten

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Abstract

We explore two different problems in string theory in which duality relates an ordinary p-form field in one theory to a self-dual (p+1)-form field in another theory. One problem involves comparing D4-branes to M5-branes, and the other involves comparing the Ramond-Ramond forms in type-IIA and type-IIB superstring theory. In each case, a subtle topological effect involving the p-form can be recovered from a careful analysis of the quantum mechanics of the self-dual (p + 1)-form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume4
Issue number5 PART B
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • D-branes
  • M-Theory
  • String Duality
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings

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