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Author Anguelova, Lilia ♦ de Medeiros, Paul ♦ Sinkovics, Annamaria
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2005-07-08
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword High Energy Physics - Theory ♦ physics:hep-th
Abstract It is suggested that topological membranes play a fundamental role in the recently proposed topological M-theory. We formulate a topological theory of membranes wrapping associative three-cycles in a seven-dimensional target space with G_2 holonomy. The topological BRST rules and BRST invariant action are constructed via the Mathai-Quillen formalism. In a certain gauge we show this theory to be equivalent to a membrane theory with two BRST charges found by Beasley and Witten. We argue that at the quantum level an additional topological term should be included in the action, which measures the contributions of membrane instantons. We construct a set of local and non-local observables for the topological membrane theory. As the BRST cohomology of local operators turns out to be isomorphic to the de Rham cohomology of the G_2 manifold, our observables agree with the spectrum of d=4, N=1 G_2 compactifications of M-theory.
Description Reference: Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 10 (2006) 713-745
Educational Use Research
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Page Count 36


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