Why Matrix theory works for oddly shaped membranes

  • Yonatan Zunger


The idea of approximating various aspects of stringy dynamics, especially the dynamics of membranes, by Matrix theories – quantum field theories in low (0+1 and 1+1) dimensions whose fields are matrix-valued – has been around for some time. In the early 1980’s, Goldstone [1] and Hoppe [2] independently examined the action for a relativistic membrane and… (More)

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