M-theory and characteristic classes

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In this note we show that the Chern-Simons and the one-loop terms in the M-theory action can be written in terms of new characters involving the M-theory four-form and the string classes. This sheds a new light on the topological structure behind M-theory and suggests the construction of a theory of 'higher' characteristic classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005


  • Anomalies in Field and String Theories
  • M-Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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