- Symmetries and Interactions in Matrix String Theory
- Award date
- 22 September 1999
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
This PhD-thesis reviews matrix string theory and recent developments therein. The emphasis is put on symmetries, interactions and scattering processes in the matrix model. We start with an introduction to matrix string theory and a review of the orbifold model that flows out of matrix string theory in the strong YM coupling limit. Then we turn our attention to the appearance of U-duality symmetry in gauge models, after a (very) short summary of string duality, D-branes and M-theory. The last chapter reviews matrix string interactions and scattering processes in the high energy limit. Also, pair production of D-particles is studied in detail. D-pair production is expected to give important corrections to high energy scattering processes in string theory.
- Supported by an NWO Pionier fund.
Research conducted at: UvA
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