On the world-volume of an M-theory five-brane propagates a two-form with self-dual field strength. As this field is non-Lagrangian, there is no obvious framework for determining its partition function. An analogous problem exists in Type IIB superstring theory for the self-dual five-form. The resolution of these problems and definition of the partition function is explained. A more complete analysis of perturbative anomaly cancellation for M-theory five-branes is also presented, uncovering some surprising details.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Geometry and Topology
- Partition function
- Perturbative anomaly cancellation