String and brane tensions as dynamical degrees of freedom Academic Article uri icon


  • We discuss a new class of string and p-brane models where the string/brane tension appears as an additional dynamical degree of freedom instead of being introduced by hand as an ad hoc dimensionfull scale. The latter property turns out to have a significant impact on the string/brane dynamics. The dynamical tension obeys Maxwell (or Yang-Mills) equations of motion (in the string case) or their rank p gauge theory analogues (in the p-brane case), which in particular triggers a simple classical mechanism of ("color") charge confinement.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002