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Duality relations among topological effects in string theory

Witten, Edward (2000) Duality relations among topological effects in string theory. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2000 (5). Art. No. 031. ISSN 1126-6708. doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2000/05/031.

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We explore two different problems in string theory in which duality relates an ordinary p-form field in one theory to a self-dual (p+1)-form field in another theory. One problem involves comparing D4-branes to M5-branes, and the other involves comparing the Ramond-Ramond forms in type-IIA and type-IIB superstring theory. In each case, a subtle topological effect involving the p-form can be recovered from a careful analysis of the quantum mechanics of the self-dual (p+1)-form.

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Additional Information:Copyright © Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 2000 Received 12 April 2000, accepted for publication 17 May 2000, Published 2 June 2000 This work was supported in part by NSF Grant PHY-9513835 and the Caltech Discovery Fund. I am grateful to M.J. Hopkins and I.M. Singer for numerous explanations of their viewpoint about the fivebrane action, as well as other matters. In addition, I would like to thank G. Moore for discussions and suggestions about the manuscript, R. Stong for helpful correspondence, and E. Diaconescu, D. Freed, and A. Kapustin for comments and questions. E-print number: hep-th/9912086
Subject Keywords:Superstrings and Heterotic Strings, M-Theory, D-branes, String Duality
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