Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 13 (2009)

Number 2

D-branes and normal functions

Pages: 553 – 598



David R. Morrison

Johannes Walcher


We explain the B-model origin of extended Picard-Fuchs equations satisfied by the D-brane superpotential on compact Calabi-Yau threefolds. The domainwall tension is identified with a Poincar´e normal function - a transversal holomorphic section of the Griffiths intermediate Jacobian - via the Abel-Jacobi map. Within this formalism, we derive the extended Picard-Fuchs equation associated with the mirror of the real quintic.

Published 1 January 2009