The brane bouquet


An article that we have written:

about ∞-Wess-Zumino-Witten theory for the brane scan of string/M-theory, in the context of supergeometric differential cohomology in a cohesive topos.

Followup articles:

Lecture notes



We formalize higher dimensional and higher gauge WZW-type sigma-model local prequantum field theory, and discuss its rationalized/perturbative description in (super-)Lie n-algebra homotopy theory (the true home of the “FDA”-language used in the supergravity literature). We show generally how the intersection laws for such higher WZW-type sigma-model branes (open brane ending on background brane) are encoded precisely in (super-)L L_\infty-extension theory and how the resulting “extended (super-)spacetimes” formalize spacetimes containing σ\sigma-model brane condensates. As an application we prove in Lie nn-algebra homotopy theory that the complete super pp-brane spectrum of superstring/M-theory is realized this way, including the pure sigma-model branes (the “old brane scan”) but also the branes with tensor multiplet worldvolume fields, notably the D-branes and the M5-brane. For instance the degree-0 piece of the higher symmetry algebra of 11-dimensional spacetime with an M2-brane condensate turns out to be the “M-theory super Lie algebra”. We also observe that in this formulation there is a simple formal proof of the fact that type IIA spacetime with a D0-brane condensate is the 11-dimensional sugra/M-theory spacetime, and of (prequantum) S-duality for type II string theory. Finally we give the non-perturbative description of all this by higher WZW-type σ\sigma-models on higher super-orbispaces with higher WZW terms in higher differential geometry.

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the brane bouquet

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