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Geometry and Physics of Branes

1st Edition

Edited by U Bruzzo, V. Gorini, U. Moschella

CRC Press

282 pages

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Description

Branes are solitonic configurations of a string theory that are represented by extended objects in a higher-dimensional space-time. They are essential for a comprehension of the non-perturbative aspects of string theory, in particular, in connection with string dualities. From the mathematical viewpoint, branes are related to several important theories, such as homological mirror symmetry and quantum cohomology.

Geometry and Physics of Branes provides an introduction to current research in some of these different areas, both in physics and mathematics. The book opens with a lucid introduction to the basic aspects of branes in string theory. Topics covered in subsequent chapters include tachyon condensation, the geometry surrounding the Gopakumar-Vafa conjecture (a duality between the SU(N) Chern-Simons theory on S3 and a IIA string theory compactified on a Calabi-Yau 3-fold), two-dimensional conformal field theory on open and unoriented surfaces, and the development of a homology theory naturally attached to the deformations of vector bundles that should be relevant to the study of homological mirror symmetry.

Reviews

"The introductory lectures are particularly pedagogical and clear and I recommend them to my students that enter the subject."

-M. Bianchi

Table of Contents

Introduction

U. Bruzzo

Deformation Theory, Homological Algebra and Mirror Symmetry

Kenji Fuyaka

Topics in String Tachyon Dynamics

Ce'sar Go'mez and Pedro Resco

Large N Dualities and D-Branes

Antonella Grassi and Michele Rossi

Elementary Introduction to Branes in String Theory

Alberto Lerda

Two-Dimensional Conformal Field Theory on Open and Unoriented Surfaces

Yassen Stanev

About the Editors

Bruzzo\, U; Gorini\, V.; Moschella\, U.

About the Series

Series in High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI040000
SCIENCE / Mathematical Physics
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics