String theory in electromagnetic fields

Jan Ambjørn, Yuri M. Makeenko, Gordon W. Semenoff, Richard J. Szabo

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A review of various aspects of superstrings in background electromagnetic fields is presented. Topics covered include the Born-Infeld action, spectrum of open strings in background gauge fields, the Schwinger mechanism, finite-temperature formalism and Hagedorn behaviour in external fields, Debye screening, D-brane scattering, thermodynamics of D-branes, and noncommutative field and string theories on D-branes. The electric field instabilities are emphasized throughout and contrasted with the case of magnetic fields. A new derivation of the velocity-dependent potential between moving D-branes is presented, as is a new result for the velocity corrections to the one-loop thermal effective potential. © SISSA/ISAS 2003.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-575
Number of pages47
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003


  • D-branes
  • M(atrix) Theories
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings

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    Ambjørn, J., Makeenko, Y. M., Semenoff, G. W., & Szabo, R. J. (2003). String theory in electromagnetic fields. Journal of High Energy Physics, 7(2), 529-575.