Tachyon kinks

Chanju Kim, Yoonbai Kim, Chong Oh Lee

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We study Born-Infeld type tachyonic effective action of unstable D2-brane with a runaway potential and find rich structure of static regular solitonic solutions. There exists only periodic array of tachyon kink-antikinks in pure tachyonic theory, however, in the presence of electromagnetic fields, solutions include periodic arrays, topological tachyon kinks, half kink, and bounces. Computed tension of each kink or single unit of the periodic array has T 1 = √2πT2 or that with a multiplicative factor depending on electric field. When both electric and magnetic fields are turned on, fundamental string charge density has a confined component in addition to a constant piece. These evidences imply that the obtained codimension-1 objects are likely to be interpreted as D1-brane (and D1F1) or array of D1D̄1 (and D1F1-D̄1F1) as was the case without the electromagnetic fields. Generalization to unstable Dp-branes is straightforward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-433
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2003


  • Brane Dynamics in Gauge Theories
  • Tachyon Condensation


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