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An equivalence between momentum and charge in string theory. (English) Zbl 0969.81620

Summary: It is shown that for a translationally invariant solution to string theory, spacetime duality interchanges the momentum in the symmetry direction and the axion charge per unit length. As one application, we show explicitly that charged black strings are equivalent to boosted (uncharged) black strings. The extremal black strings (which correspond to the field outside of a fundamental macroscopic string) are equivalent to plane-fronted waves describing strings moving at the speed of light.

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81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
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