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Investigations of higher-dimensional extended objects in superstring theory

Objective



Research objectives and content
Over the past few years new exciting avenues within the field of superstring theory have opened up, thus putting non-perturbative aspects in focus. In the new picture that is emerging higher-dimensional extended objects, commonly referred to as p-branes, have turned out to be of crucial importance. The study of these objects is today an essential part of the quest for a unified theory of all interactions.
It is the objective of the present project to continue investigations concerning the properties of supersymmetric p-branes and their roles in a fundamental theory. More specifically, building on recent progress, we wish to study supersymmetric Dirichlet p-branes (Dp-branes or D-branes, for short). One of the most compelling unanswered questions in this area today concerns the formulation of the dynamics of multiple parallel D-branes, an issue which appears to have interesting connections with non-commutative geometry. Other issues worth mentioning in this context include symmetries and anomalies as well as duality aspects.

Funding Scheme

RGI - Research grants (individual fellowships)

Coordinator

University of Cambridge
Address
Silver Street
CB3 9EW Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (1)

Not available
Sweden