Boundary deformation theory and moduli spaces of D-branes
Andreas Recknagel and Volker Schomerus
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Submission date: 25. Jan. 1999
published in: Nuclear physics / B, 545 (1999) 1-3, p. 233-282
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Boundary conformal field theory is the suitable framework for a background independent microscopic treatment of D-branes. In this work, we develop boundary deformation theory in order to study the changes of boundary conditions generated by marginal boundary fields. The deformation parameters may be regarded as continuous moduli of D-branes. We identify a large class of boundary fields which are shown to be truly marginal, and we derive closed formulas describing the associated deformations to all orders in perturbation theory. This allows us to study the global topology properties of the moduli space rather than local aspects only. As an example, we analyse in detail the moduli space of c=1 theories, which displays various stringy phenomena.