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Geometry, Topology and String Theory
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
University of California, Berkeley
Professor Bruno Zumino, Chair
A variety of scenarios are considered which shed light upon the uses and limitations
of classical geometric and topological notions in string theory. The primary focus is on
situations in which D-brane or string probes of a given classical space-time see the geometry
quite differently than one might naively expect. In particular, situations in which extra
dimensions, non-commutative geometries as well as other non-local structures emerge are
explored in detail. Further, a preliminary exploration of such issues in Lorentzian space-
times with non-trivial causal structures within string theory is initiated.
Professor Bruno Zumino
Dissertation Committee Chair
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Varadarajan, Uday. Geometry, topology, and string theory, thesis or dissertation, July 10, 2003; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc738817/m1/4/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.