M-Theory Description of 1/4 BPS States in N = 4 Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theory

Naoki Sasakura, Shigeki Sugimoto
1999 Progress of theoretical physics  
We discuss BPS states preserving 1/4 supersymmetries of N=4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory as M2-branes holomorphically embedded and ending on M5-branes. We use techniques in electrodynamics to find the M2-brane configurations, and give some explicit examples. In case the M2-brane worldsheet has handles, the worldsheet moduli of the M2-brane is constrained in a discrete manner. Several aspects of multi-pronged strings in type IIB string theory are beautifully reproduced in the M-theory
more » ... the M-theory description. We also discuss the relation between the above construction and the D2-brane dynamics in type IIA string theory.
doi:10.1143/ptp.101.749 fatcat:6ggv6iyf4nc5jgr45wyi2jcbwa