Open \(p\)-branes. (English) Zbl 0903.53053

Summary: It is shown that many of the \(p\)-branes of type II string theory and \(d=11\) supergravity can have boundaries on other \(p\)-branes. The rules for when this can and cannot occur are derived from charge conservation. For example, it is found that membranes in \(d=11\) supergravity and IIA string theory can have boundaries on fivebranes. The boundary dynamics are governed by the self-dual \(d=6\) string. A collection of \(N\) parallel fivebranes contains \(\frac 1 2\cdot|N(N-1)\) self-dual strings which become tensionless as the fivebranes approach one another.


53Z05 Applications of differential geometry to physics
81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
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