Title

Supertubes, black strings and D-brane systems

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics

Advisor(s)

Donald Marolf

Keywords

Supertubes, Black strings, D-brane, String theory

Subject Categories

Elementary Particles and Fields and String Theory | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

Abstract

In this dissertation, we focus on aspects of String Theory and General Relativity. The study of objects of various spatial dimensions, or branes, have become an intrinsic part of modern String Theory. Here, we focus on three concrete topics concerning the physics of branes: supertubes, quantum D-brane polarization, and the stability of black branes. We devote the final part of this work to the study of fast travel in 3+1 dimensional spherically symmetric configurations.

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