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On the self-dual geometry of N=2 strings

Chandrashekar Devchand and Olaf Lechtenfeld


We discuss the precise relation of the open N=2 string to a self-dual Yang-Mills (SDYM) system in 2+2 dimensions. In particular, we review the description of the string target space action in terms of SDYM in a "picture hyperspace" parametrised by the standard vectorial R2,2 coordinate together with a commuting spinor of SO(2,2). The component form contains an infinite tower of prepotentials coupled to the one representing the SDYM degree of freedom. The truncation to five fields yields a novel one-loop exact lagrangean field theory.


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On the self-dual geometry of N=2 strings