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Open Membranes, p-Brane and Noncommutativity of Boundary String Coordinates


Maharana,  Jnanadeva
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Das, A., Maharana, J., & Melikyan, A. (2001). Open Membranes, p-Brane and Noncommutativity of Boundary String Coordinates. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2001(4), 016.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-5667-3
We study the dynamics of an open membrane with a cylindrical topology, in the background of a constant three form, whose boundary is attached to p-branes. The boundary closed string is coupled to a two form potential to ensure gauge invariance. We use the action, due to Bergshoeff, London and Townsend, to study the noncommutativity properties of the boundary string coordinates. The constrained Hamiltonian formalism due to Dirac is used to derive the noncommutativity of coordinates. The chain of constraints is found to be finite for a suitable gauge choice, unlike the case of the static gauge, where the chain has an infinite sequence of terms. It is conjectured that the formulation of closed string field theory may necessitate introduction of a star product which is both noncommutative and nonassociative.