Geometric and topological structures related to M-branes II: Twisted string and stringC structures

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The actions, anomalies and quantization conditions allow the M2-brane and the M5-brane to support, in a natural way, structures beyond spin on their world-volumes. The main examples are twisted string structures. This also extends to twisted stringc structures which we introduce and relate to twisted string structures. The relation of the C-field to Chern-Simons theory suggests the use of the string cobordism category to describe the M2-brane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-108
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Australian Mathematical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011



  • M-theory
  • anomalies
  • string structure
  • string structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)

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