How Bob Laughlin tamed the giant graviton from Taub-NUT space

Bogdan Andrei Bernevig, Leonard Susskind, Nicolaos Toumbas, John H. Brodie

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In this paper we show how two dimensional electron systems can be modeled by strings interacting with D-branes. The dualities of string theory allow several descriptions of the system. These include descriptions in terms of solitons in the near horizon D6-brane theory, non-commutative gauge theory on a D2-brane, the Matrix Theory of D0-branes and finally as a giant graviton in M-theory. The soliton can be described as a D2-brane with an incompressible fluid of D0-branes and charged string-ends moving on it. Including an NS5-brane in the system allows for the existence of an edge with the characteristic massless chiral edge states of the Quantum Hall system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)XIII-25
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • D-branes
  • Non-Commutative Geometry
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings


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