M-Theory, topological strings and spinning black holes

Sheldon Katz, Albrecht Klemm, Cumrun Vafa

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We consider M-theory compactification on Calabi-Yau threefolds. The recently discovered connection between the BPS states of wrapped M2 branes and the topological string amplitudes on the threefold is used both as a tool to compute topological string amplitudes at higher genera as well as to unravel the degeneracies and quantum numbers of BPS states. Moduli spaces of k-fold symmetric products of the wrapped M2 brane play a crucial role. We also show that the topological string partition function is the Calabi-Yau version of the elliptic genus of the symmetric product of K3's and use the macroscopic entropy of spinning black holes in 5 dimensions to obtain new predictions for the asymptotic growth of the topological string amplitudes at high genera.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-76
Number of pages76
JournalAdvances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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