We consider the polarization of unstable type-IIB D0-branes in the presence of a background five-form field strength. This phenomenon is studied from the point of view of the leading terms in the non-abelian Born Infeld action of the unstable D0-branes. The equations have SO(4) invariant solutions describing a non-commutative 3-sphere, which becomes a classical 3-sphere in the large-N limit. We discuss the interpretation of these solutions as spherical D3-branes. The tachyon plays a tantalizingly geometrical …
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