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ID: 353950.0, MPI für Gravitationsphysik / Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories
The supermembrane is unstable
Authors:De Wit, Bernard; Lüscher, M.; Nicolai, Hermann
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):1989-06
Title of Journal:Nuclear Physics B
Journal Abbrev.:Nucl. Phys. B
Volume:320
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:135
End Page:159
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We give a rigorous proof that the quantum mechanical hamiltonians of a class of supersymmetric matrix models have a continuous spectrum starting at zero. We are thus led to conclude that supermembranes (which can be regarded as a limit of such models) have a continuous mass spectrum and, in particular, no mass gap. This result can be understood as a manifestation of the instability of the supermembrane against deformations into long stringlike configurations. We also comment upon possible implications of this result for supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Hermann Nicolai
Affiliations:MPI für Gravitationsphysik/Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories
External Affiliations:Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 2000, Hamburg 50, FRG
Identifiers:ISSN:0550-3213
DOI:10.1016/0550-3213(89)90214-9
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