String-String Duality, String Field Theory and M/D-p-Branes

The D=6 string-string duality, crucial for allowing the interchanging of the roles of 4-D spacetime and string-world-sheet loop expansion, entails that there is an equivalence between the K-3 membrane action and the {T^3} \times {S^1}/{Z^2} orbifold action. Here are some thoughts and reflections.

In the bosonic sector, the membrane action is:

    \[\begin{array}{*{20}{l}}{S = {S_M} + \int_{\partial {M^3}} {\left\{ {\frac{1}{2}} \right.} \left( {{g_{mn}}{\eta ^{ij}} + {b_{mn}}{\varepsilon ^{ij}}} \right)}\\{{\partial _i}{x^m}{\partial _j}{x^n} + \frac{1}{2}\left( {{g_{IJ}}{\eta ^{ij}} + {b_{IJ}}{\varepsilon ^{ij}}} \right)}\\{{\partial _i}{x^I}{\partial _j}{x^J} + {\varepsilon ^{ij}}{\partial _i}{x^J}{\partial _j}{x^m}\left. {A_m^J(x)} \right\}}\end{array}\]

where:

    \[\begin{array}{*{20}{l}}{{S_M} = \int_{{M^3}} {\left( {\sqrt { - {g_{mn}}{\partial _i}{x^m}{\partial _j}{x^n}} } \right.} + }\\{\frac{1}{6}{\varepsilon ^{ijk}}{\partial _i}{x^m}{\partial _j}{x^n}{\partial _k}{x^p}\left. {{B_{mnp}}} \right)}\end{array}\]

Recall I derived the total action:

    \[\begin{array}{l}{S^{Total}} = \frac{1}{{2\pi {\alpha ^\dagger }12}}\int\limits_{{\rm{world - volumes}}} {{d^{26}}} x\,d\,\Omega {\left( {{\phi _{INST}}} \right)^2}\sqrt {\frac{{ - {g_{\mu \nu }}}}{{ - \gamma }}} \,{e^{ - {c_{2n}}/{\Upsilon _\kappa }(\cos \varphi )}} \cdot \\\left( {{R_{icci}} - 4{{\left( {{{\not D}^{SuSy}}\left( {{\phi _{INST}}} \right)} \right)}^2}} \right) + \frac{1}{{12}}H_{3,\mu \nu \lambda }^bH_3^{b,\mu \nu \lambda }/A_\mu ^H + \sum\limits_{D - p - branes} {S_{Dp}^{WV}} \end{array}\]

which is highly non-trivial since Clifford algebras are a quantization of exterior algebras. Applying to the Einstein-Minkowski fibre-bundle, we get via Gaussian matrix elimination, an expansion of {D^{SuSy}} via Green’s-functions, yielding the on-shell action of M-theory in the Witten gauge:

    \[\begin{array}{l}{S_M} = \frac{1}{{{k^9}}}\int\limits_{{\rm{world - volumes}}} {{d^{11}}} \sqrt {\frac{{ - {g_{\mu \nu }}}}{{ - \gamma }}} {T_p}^{10}d\Omega {\left( {{\phi _{INST}}} \right)^{26}}\left( {{R_{icci}} - A_\mu ^H\frac{1}{{48}}G_4^2} \right) + \\\sum\limits_{Dp} {D_\mu ^{SuSy}} {e^{ - H_3^b}}/S_{Dp}^{WV} + \sum\limits_{Dp} {D_\nu ^{SuSy}} {e^{H_3^b}}/S_{Dp}^{SV}\end{array}\]

with k the kappa symmetry term. With {g_{mn}} the metric on {M^{11}}, and {x^m} the corresponding coordinates with {B_{mnp}} an antisymmetric 3-tensor. Hence, the worldvolume {M^3} is:

    \[R \times {S^1} \times {S^1}/{Z_2}\]

The bosonic sector lives on the boundary of the open membrane: two copies of R \times {S^1}, which naturally couple to the U(1) connections {A^J}.

Now, double dimensional reduction of the twisted supermembrane on:

    \[{M^{10}} \times {S^1}/{Z_2}\]

M-Theory, Kaluza-Klein Splitting, U-Duality and F-Theory

There is a deep connection between the U-duality groups of M-theory and the embedding of the 11-dimensions in the extended superspace which under the gauge and diffeomorphism group actions, induces a continuous {E_{d(d)}} symmetry. Here, I will relate the F-theory action to that of M-theory in the context of the F-theory/M-theory duality with an {\rm{SL}}\left( N \right) \times {\mathbb{R}^ + } representation. Recall that F-theory is a one-time theory, so let us start with how to make a space-like brane time-like in M-theory. Keeping in mind that the total action of M-theory is given by:

    \[\begin{array}{*{20}{l}}{{S_M} = \frac{1}{{{k^9}}}\int\limits_{world - vol} {{d^{11}}} \sqrt {\frac{{ - {g_{\mu \nu }}}}{{ - \gamma }}} T_p^{10}d\Omega {{\left( {{\phi _{Inst}}} \right)}^{26}}\left( {{R_{icci}} - A_\mu ^H\frac{1}{{48}}G_4^2} \right)}\\{ + \sum\limits_{Dp} {D_\mu ^S} {e^{ - H_3^b}}/S_{Dp}^{WV} + \sum\limits_{Dp} {D_\mu ^S} {e^{ - H_3^b}}/{S^{Total}}}\end{array}\]

as I showed here, with {T_p} \sim {\alpha ^\dagger }\frac{{p + 1}}{2} the D-p-brane world-volume tension, and the Yang-Mills field strength being:

    \[{F_{\mu \nu }} = {\partial _\mu }A_\mu ^H - {\partial _\nu }\bar A_\mu ^H + \left[ {A_\mu ^H,\Upsilon _{2\kappa }^i(\cos \varphi )} \right]\]

and by a Paton-Chern-Simons factor, we get:

    \[\left[ {A_\mu ^H,A_\nu ^H} \right] = \sum\limits_{k = 1}^N {A_\mu ^{H,ac}} A_\nu ^{H,cb} - A_\nu ^{H,ac}A_\mu ^{H,cb}\]

{\phi _{Inst}} the instanton field, with:

    \[{e^{ - {\phi _{Inst}}{g_{\mu \nu }}}} = {e^{ - 2{\phi _{Inst}}\left( {{g_{\mu \nu }} - 1} \right)}}\]

and {g_{\mu \nu }} = {e^{{{\left( {{\phi _{Inst}}} \right)}^2}}}.

Space-like branes are a class of time-dependent solutions of M-theory with topological defects localized in (P + 1)-dimensional space-like surfaces and exist at a moment in time, and are time-like super-tachyonic kink solutions of unstable D(P + 1)-branes in string theory and provide the topology of the throat-bulk. Let us start with a Dp-Dp pair Lagrangian, fixing the boundary of the string field theory superspace, so that the action is:

    \[S = {\mkern 1mu} - 2{T_{D9}}\int {{d^{10}}} x{e^{ - \pi {{\left| T \right|}^2}}}F\left( {X + \sqrt Y } \right)F\left( {X - \sqrt Y } \right)\]

with

    \[\left\{ {\begin{array}{*{20}{c}}{X \equiv {\partial _\mu }T{\partial ^\mu }\bar T}\\{Y \equiv {{\left( {{\partial _\mu }T} \right)}^2}{{\left( {{\partial ^\nu }\bar T} \right)}^2}}\end{array}} \right.\quad p = 9\]

and

    \[T = {T_{cl(st)}}(x) = x + \sum\limits_{cl{{(st)}_x}} {\int_{cl{{(st)}_x}} {{e^{\tilde T(x)}}} } \gg 0\]

A Teichmuller BPS D(P+1)-brane 2-D reduction gives us the throat action:

    \[S = - \int {{d^{p + 2}}} xV(T)\sqrt {1 + {{\left( {{\partial _\mu }T} \right)}^2}} \]