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- Barton Zwiebach
- 1992

The complete quantum theory of covariant closed strings is constructed in detail. The nonpolynomial action is defined by elementary vertices satisfying recursion relations that give rise to Jacobi-like identities for an infinite chain of string field products. The genus zero string field algebra is the homotopy Lie algebra L∞ encoding the gauge symmetry of… (More)

- Barton Zwiebach
- 2001

In a previous paper [hep-th/0012251] we proposed a simple class of actions for string field theory around the tachyon vacuum. In this paper we search for classical solutions describing D-branes of different dimensions using the ansatz that the solutions factorize into the direct product of a matter state and a universal ghost state. We find closed form… (More)

- Barton Zwiebach
- 2000

Assuming that around the tachyon vacuum the kinetic term of cubic open string field theory is made purely of ghost operators we are led to gauge invariant actions which manifestly implement the absence of open string dynamics around this vacuum. We test this proposal by showing the existence of lump solutions of arbitrary codimension in this string field… (More)

In previous papers we built (multiple) D-branes in flat space-time as classical solutions of the string field theory based on the tachyon vacuum. In this paper we construct classical solutions describing all D-branes in any fixed space-time background defined by a two dimensional CFT of central charge 26. A key role is played by the geometrical definition… (More)

- Davide Gaiotto, Leonardo Rastelli, Ashoke Sen, Barton Zwiebach
- 2001

We complete the construction of vacuum string field theory by proposing a canonical choice of ghost kinetic term – a local insertion of the ghost field at the string midpoint with an infinite normalization. This choice, supported by level expansion studies in the Siegel gauge, allows a simple analytic treatment of the ghost sector of the string field… (More)

Both in string field theory and in p-adic string theory the equations of motion involve infinite number of time derivatives. We argue that the initial value problem is qualitatively different from that obtained in the limit of many time derivatives in that the space of initial conditions becomes strongly constrained. We calculate the energy-momentum tensor… (More)

- Barton Zwiebach
- 2000

It has been conjectured that at the stationary point of the tachyon potential for the Dbrane-anti-D-brane pair or for the non-BPS D-brane of superstring theories, the negative energy density cancels the brane tensions. We study this conjecture using a Wess-ZuminoWitten-like open superstring field theory free of contact term divergences and recently shown to… (More)

- Nathan Berkovits, M . Bershadsky, Slava Zhukov, Barton Zwiebach
- 1999

We quantize the superstring on the AdS2 × S background with Ramond-Ramond flux using a PSU(1, 1|2)/U(1)× U(1) sigma model with a WZ term. One-loop conformal invariance of the model is guaranteed by a general mechanism which holds for coset spaces G/H where G is Ricci-flat and H is the invariant locus of a Z4 automorphism of G. This mechanism gives conformal… (More)

- Barton Zwiebach
- 2000

It has been conjectured that the tachyonic lump solution of the open bosonic string field theory describing a D-brane represents a D-brane of one lower dimension. We place the lump on a circle of finite radius and develop a variant of the level expansion scheme that allows systematic account of all higher derivative terms in the string field theory action,… (More)

- Barton Zwiebach
- 2001

The spectrum of the infinite dimensional Neumann matrices M, M and M in the oscillator construction of the three-string vertex determines key properties of the star product and of wedge and sliver states. We study the spectrum of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of these matrices using the derivation K1 = L1 + L−1 of the star algebra, which defines a simple… (More)