A Derivation of K-Theory from M-Theory

  title={A Derivation of K-Theory from M-Theory},
  author={D Diaconescu},
The partition function of Ramond-Ramond p-form fields in Type IIA supergravity on a ten-manifold X contains subtle phase factors that are associated with T-duality, self-duality, and the relation of the RR fields to K-theory. The analogous partition function of M-theory on X × S 1 contains subtle phases that are similarly associated with E 8 gauge theory. We analyze the detailed phase factors on the two sides and show that they agree, thereby testing M-theory/Type IIA duality as well as the K… CONTINUE READING
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