(Non)-Integrability of Geodesics in D-brane Backgrounds

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Winter 2014




Motivated by the search for new backgrounds with integrable string theories, we classify the D-brane geometries leading to integrable geodesics. Our analysis demonstrates that the Hamilton-Jacobi equation for massless geodesics can only separate in elliptic or spherical coordinates, and all known integrable backgrounds are covered by this separation. In particular, we identify the standard parameterization of AdS_p X S^q with elliptic coordinates on a flat base. We also find new geometries admitting separation of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation in the elliptic coordinates. Since separability of this equation is a necessary condition for integrability of strings, our analysis gives severe restrictions on the potential candidates for integrable string theories.



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