On flux quantization in M-theory and the effective action

Edward Witten

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Abstract

The quantization law for the antisymmetric tensor field of M-theory contains a gravitational contribution not known previously. When it is included, the low energy effective action of M-theory, including one-loop and Chern-Simons contributions, is well defined. The relation of M-theory to the E8 x E8 heterotic string greatly facilitates the analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geometry and Physics
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Geometry and Topology

Keywords

  • 11D M-theory
  • Anomalies
  • Integral cohomology
  • Supergravity

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