Flux discharge cascades in various dimensions

Matthew Kleban, Karthik Krishnaiyengar, Massimo Porrati

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    We study the dynamics of electric ux discharge by charged particle pair or spherical string or membrane production in various dimensions. When electric ux wraps at least one compact cycle, we find that a single "pair" production event can initiate a cascading decay in real time that "shorts out" the ux and discharges many units of it. This process arises from local dynamics in the compact space, and so is invisible in the dimensionally-reduced truncation. It occurs in theories as simple as the Schwinger model on a circle, and has implications for any theory with compact dimensions and electric ux, including string theories and the string landscape.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number96
    JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - 2011


    • D-branes
    • Flux compactifications
    • Large extra dimensions
    • Nonperturbative effects

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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