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Membrane interactions and total mean curvature

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/03/1988
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters B
Issue number4
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)501-504
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The dynamical properties of a time-like hypersurface in Minkowski spacetime are described in terms of a membrane model in which electromagnetic self-stresses are balanced with stresses derived from the shape tensor of the immersion. Radial modes are investigated and in the harmonic approximation a tantalising result emerges for the energy of a harmonic quantum. The particular model is put into the perspective of a class of Willmore-type immersions.