Overlapping branes in M-theory

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Nuclear Physics B, Vol: 478, Issue: 3, Page: 544-560

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https://scholarworks.umass.edu/physics_faculty_pubs/1225; https://works.bepress.com/david_kastor/12
Gauntlett, Jerome; Kastor, David; Traschen, Jennie
M-theory; D-branes; Fivebranes; Membranes; D = 11 supergravity; Supersymmetric solitons; Physical Sciences and Mathematics; Physics
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We construct new supersymmetric solutions of D = 11 supergravity describing n orthogonally “overlapping” membranes and fivebranes for n = 2,…,8. Overlapping branes arise after separating intersecting branes in a direction transverse to all of the branes. The solutions, which generalize known intersecting brane solutions, preserve at least 2−n of the supersymmetry. Each pairwise overlap involves a membrane overlapping a membrane in a 0-brane, a fivebrane overlapping a fivebrane in a 3-brane or a membrane overlapping a fivebrane in a string. After reducing n overlapping membranes to obtain n overlapping D-2-branes in D = 10, T-duality generates new overlapping D-brane solutions in type IIA and type IIB string theory. Uplifting certain type IIA solutions leads to the D = 11 solutions. Some of the new solutions reduce to dilaton black holes in D = 4. Additionally, we present a D = 10 solution that describes two D-5-branes overlapping in a string. T-duality then generates further D = 10 solutions and uplifting one of the type IIA solutions gives a new D = 11 solution describing two fivebranes overlapping in a string.