K-theory provides a framework for classifying Ramond-Ramond (RR) charges and fields. K-theory of manifolds has a natural extension to K-theory of noncommutative algebras, such as the algebras considered in noncommutative Yang-Mills theory or in open string field theory. In a number of concrete problems, the K-theory analysis proceeds most naturally if one starts out with an infinite set of D-branes, reduced by tachyon condensation to a finite set. This suggests that string field theory should be reconsidered for N = ∞.
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