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Title: Chiral 2-form actions and their applications to M5-brane(s)
Author: Ko, Sheng-Lan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 8585
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2015
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We study the symmetry and dynamics of M5-branes as well as chiral p-forms in this thesis. In the first part, we propose a model describing the gauge sector of multiple M5-branes. The model has modified six-dimensional Lorentz symmetry and its double dimensional reduction gives 5D Yang-Mills theory with higher derivative corrections. The non-abelian self-dual string solutions to this model are presented. In the second part of the thesis, we propose an alternative new action for the single M5-brane. The six-dimentional worldvolume space is covariantly split into 3+3. The relation of the new action to the conventional PST action as well as to the M2- brane action are studied. Finally, we briefly discuss the attempt to formulate the M5-brane action in a 2+4 splitting of worldvolume space and some duality properties and issues of chiral p-form actions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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