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topological M-theory

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Idea

Many aspects of the theory of “topological strings” (the A-model and the B-model) proceed in close analogy (just simpler) to the “physical” string theory. Accordingly, as the latter can usefully be organized as the dimensional reduction of a conjectured UV-completion of 11-dimensional supergravityM-theory – there seems to be an analogous higher dimensional organizational principle for topological strings, hence termed topological M-theory.

One way to understand it is as a TQFT-analog of the M2-brane sigma-model, the topological membrane.

References

The notion has been introduced in

Under the term “Z-theory” aspects were discussed in

An introduction is in

The topological membrane is made explicit in

Revised on August 27, 2013 17:52:05 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.121.162)