Geometry and Physics of Branes
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Publisher 
20021105

ISBN  9781420034295, 1420034294, 9780750308632, 075030863X,

Language 
English

Category  
Subject  Branes. Branes.  fast  (OCoLC)fst00837926 Dbranes. Dbranes.  fast  (OCoLC)fst00886489 SCIENCE  Physics  Atomic & Molecular.  bisacsh SCIENCE  Physics  Nuclear.  bisacsh String models. String models.  fast  (OCoLC)fst01135293 Superstring theories. 
Description
Branes are solitonic configurations of a string theory that are represented by extended objects in a higherdimensional spacetime. They are essential for a comprehension of the nonperturbative 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 GopakumarVafa conjecture (a duality between the SU(N) ChernSimons theory on S3 and a IIA string theory compactified on a CalabiYau 3fold), twodimensional 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.