31.10.2007 (Wednesday)

Closed strings and magnetised D-branes in toroidal compactifications

Regular Seminar Rodolfo Russo (Queen Mary)

13:15 KCL
room 423

I will reconsider toroidal compactifications of bosonic string theory with particular regard to the phases (cocycles) necessary for a consistent definition of the vertex operators, the boundary states, and the T-duality rules. I will then use these ingredients to compute the planar multi-loop partition function describing the interaction among magnetised or intersecting D-branes. Finally I will examine the degeneration limit of the 2-loop partition function and show that one obtains known and new tree-level 3-point correlators between twist fields.