publication . Article . Preprint . 2005

A matrix big bang

Erik P. Verlinde; Ben Craps; Savdeep Sethi;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2005
  • Country: Netherlands
The light-like linear dilaton background represents a particularly simple time-dependent 1/2 BPS solution of critical type IIA superstring theory in ten dimensions. Its lift to M-theory, as well as its Einstein frame metric, are singular in the sense that the geometry is geodesically incomplete and the Riemann tensor diverges along a light-like subspace of codimension one. We study this background as a model for a big bang type singularity in string theory/M-theory. We construct the dual Matrix theory description in terms of a (1+1)-d supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory on a time-dependent world-sheet given by the Milne orbifold of (1+1)-d Minkowski space. Our mode...
arXiv: High Energy Physics::Theory
free text keywords: High Energy Physics - Theory, Astrophysics, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Mathematical physics, Superstring theory, Physics, Big Bang, String theory, Minkowski space, Orbifold, Singularity, Initial singularity, Dilaton
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NSF| CAREER: Exploring the Structure of M Theory
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 0094328
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences | Division of Physics
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