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    The first cycloid arthropod from the Late Jurassic

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    D-branes in group manifolds and flux stabilization

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    We consider D-branes in group manifolds, from the point of view of open strings and using the Born-Infeld action on the brane worldvolume. D-branes correspond to certain integral (twined) conjugacy classes. We explain the integrality condition on the conjugacy classes in both approaches. In the Born-Infeld description, the D-brane worldvolume is stabilized against shrinking by a subtle interplay of quantized U(1) fluxes and the non-triviality of the B-field.Comment: 6 pages. Invited talk at the 9th Marcel Grossmann meeting, Rome, July 200

    Spontaneous breaking of axial symmetry for Schroedinger's equation in the presence of a magnetic field

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    For appropriate parameters, the ground state for the Schroedinger and Ampere coupled equations in a cylindric domain does not have axial symmetry.Comment: 2 page

    The action of outer automorphisms on bundles of chiral blocks

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    On the bundles of WZW chiral blocks over the moduli space of a punctured rational curve we construct isomorphisms that implement the action of outer automorphisms of the underlying affine Lie algebra. These bundle-isomorphisms respect the Knizhnik-Zamolodchikov connection and have finite order. When all primary fields are fixed points, the isomorphisms are endomorphisms; in this case, the bundle of chiral blocks is typically a reducible vector bundle. A conjecture for the trace of such endomorphisms is presented; the proposed relation generalizes the Verlinde formula. Our results have applications to conformal field theories based on non-simply connected groups and to the classification of boundary conditions in such theories.Comment: 46 pages, LaTeX2e. Final version (Commun.Math.Phys., in press). We have implemented the fact that the group of automorphisms in general acts only projectively on the chiral blocks and corrected some typo
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