Exact absorption probabilities for the D3-brane

Steven S. Gubser, Akikazu Hashimoto

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We consider a minimal scalar in the presence of a three-brane in ten dimensions. The linearized equation of motion, which is just the wave equation in the three-brane metric, can be solved in terms of associated Mathieu functions. An exact expression for the reflection and absorption probabilities can be obtained in terms of the characteristic exponent of Mathieu's equation. We describe an algorithm for obtaining the low-energy behavior as a series expansion, and discuss the implications for the world-volume theory of D3-branes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-340
Number of pages16
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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