Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Open-string BRST cohomology for generalized complex branes

Anton Kapustin and Yi Li

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Abstract

It has been shown recently that the geometry of D-branes in general topologically twisted $(2,2)$ sigma-models can be described in the language of generalized complex (GC) structures. On general grounds, such D-branes (called GC branes) must form a category. We compute the BRST cohomology of open strings with both ends on the same GC brane. In mathematical terms, we determine spaces of endomorphisms in the category of GC branes. We find that the BRST cohomology can be expressed as the cohomology of a Lie algebroid canonically associated to any GC brane. In the special case of B-branes, this leads to an apparently new way to compute $\mathrm{Ext}$ groups of holomorphic line bundles supported on complex submanifolds: while the usual method leads to a spectral sequence converging to the $\mathrm{Ext}$, our approach expresses the $\mathrm{Ext}$ group as the cohomology of a certain differential acting on the space of smooth sections of a graded vector bundle on the submanifold. In the case of coisotropic A-branes, our computation confirms a proposal of Orlov and one of the authors (A.K.).

Article information

Source
Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. Volume 9, Number 4 (2005), 559-574.

Dates
First available: 3 April 2006

Permanent link to this document
http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.atmp/1144070451

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2201105

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1129.81083

Citation

Kapustin, Anton; Li, Yi. Open-string BRST cohomology for generalized complex branes. Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 9 (2005), no. 4, 559--574. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.atmp/1144070451.


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