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  The supermembrane is unstable

De Wit, B., Lüscher, M., & Nicolai, H. (1989). The supermembrane is unstable. Nuclear Physics B, 320(1), 135-159. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(89)90214-9.

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De Wit, Bernard1, Author
Lüscher, M., Author
Nicolai, Hermann2, Author              
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2Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society, escidoc:24014              

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 Abstract: We give a rigorous proof that the quantum mechanical hamiltonians of a class of supersymmetric matrix models have a continuous spectrum starting at zero. We are thus led to conclude that supermembranes (which can be regarded as a limit of such models) have a continuous mass spectrum and, in particular, no mass gap. This result can be understood as a manifestation of the instability of the supermembrane against deformations into long stringlike configurations. We also comment upon possible implications of this result for supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories.

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 Dates: 1989-06
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DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(89)90214-9
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Title: Nuclear Physics B
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 320 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 135 - 159 Identifier: ISSN: 0550-3213