### Abstract

Taking the N=2 strings as the starting point, we discuss the equivalent self-dual field theories and analyze their symmetry structure in 2 + 2 dimensions. Restoring the full 'Lorentz' invariance in the target space necessarily leads to an extension of the N=2 string theory to a theory of 2 + 2 dimensional supermembranes propagating in 2 + 10 dimensional target space. The supermembrane requires maximal conformal supersymmetry in 2 + 2 dimensions, in the way advocated by Siegel, and it leads to the self-dual N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory and the self-dual N=8 (gauged) supergravity in 2+2 dimensions. The N=2 strings now appear on equal footing with the other string models as particular limits of the M-theory.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 335-338 |

Number of pages | 4 |

Journal | Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements |

Volume | 52 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 1997 |

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**From N=2 strings to M-theory.** / Ketov, S. V.

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*Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements*, vol. 52, no. 1-2, pp. 335-338. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0920-5632(96)00586-5

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