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What keeps strings in their proper “shape” despite their enormous inherent tension?

Here is an extract from a great answer by Luboš Motl to this question: Tension in Strings Because the string tension is not far from the Planck tension - one Planck energy per one Planck length 10$...
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Spectral covers and a specific exact short sequence

I have a question about the spectral cover construction of Friedman, Morgan, and Witten (typically used to map a description in heterotic string theory into F-theory). I realise this is a highly ...
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Moduli space of torus compactifications

I am trying to understand some general statements made in the lecture notes by Vafa entitled "Lectures on Strings and Dualities" concerning toroidal compactifications (arXiv:hep-th/9702201). Question ...
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Ernst potential from Kaluza-Klein reduction of axisymmetric space-time

Following appendix A of "Ergoregions in Magnetised Black Hole Spacetimes" by G. W. Gibbons, A. H. Mujtaba and C. N. Pope, starting from the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \hat{R} - \hat{F}_{\mu\nu}\hat{...
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Clarification on the 11 dimension in the M-theory [closed]

In the book the Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, he wrote about the M-theory, and how in that theory it has 11 dimensions. I do not quite get that, so can someone explain it to me a little bit. I ...
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Why does string theory require 9 dimensions of space and one dimension of time?

String theorists say that there are many more dimensions out there, but they are too small to be detected. However, I do not understand why there are ten dimensions and not just any other number? ...
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Why do strings need 9+1=10 spacetime dimensions to exist? [duplicate]

Why do strings need 9+1=10 spacetime dimensions according to previous theory, or equivalently, 11 dimensions as per M-theory? Why cannot they exist in the 4-dimensional world?
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How To Arrive At Ground State Metric of Kaluza-Klein Theory

The ground state metric, after an extra dimension of space is compactified (to a circle) in Einsteinian gravity, is the metric which corresponds to the R_4 × S_1 geometry of the separated dimensions. ...
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The form of the metric after a dimension is compactified

Upon the compactifiation of one spatial dimension, it is said (as though an axiom) that the 5 dimensional spacetime metric separates into a 4 dimensional metric, a vector, and a scalar, (4D gravity, ...
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What does the geometry of a compactified dimension impact?

In Kaluza's original work, he didn't compactify the fifth dimension, rather imposed the "cylindrical condition" where none of the components in the 4D metric depended on the 5th dimension. It wasn't ...
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Do Calabi -Yau shapes also influence a strings particle identity?

Since strings reside on the surface of a d-brane, and it' a three dimensional hyperspace, are their manifestations as certain particles also influenced by Calabi Yau Spaces? Could the way strings ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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Ground state metric?

In kaluza-klein theory, there's a notion of a "ground state metric" after compactification. What is the meaning of the term "ground state metric"?
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What relative effects be for object with near light speed velocity in compactified dimensions?

What relative effects be for an object with near light speed velocity in compactified dimensions? Does gravity increase the same as for an object with near light speed velocity in usual spacial ...
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What is the motivation for using Calabi-Yau manifolds in string theory?

I have just begin to study Calabi-Yau compactification. Looking in many book I found that, if we start with a critical superstring theory in $D=10$, we are in search of a compact $D=6$ Calabi-Yau ...
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Is most of what everything is made from in another dimension?

If there are eleven dimensions as M-Theory asserts would that mean that the majority of what we are made from exists in the seven other dimensions?
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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...
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Articles discussing examples of Kaluza-Klein Reduction

The notes for my class on Kaluza-Klein reduction are a bit all over the place and at times it's difficult to follow what's going on. (I plan on asking a specific question about an example later). For ...
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Interplay between the cosmological constant and “microscopic” properties of string vacua

As far as I understand, string phenomenology is usually concerned with compactifications of string theory, M-theory or F-theory in which the uncompactified dimensions form a 4-dimensional Minkowski ...
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How to imagine higher dimensions?

In the link below Carl Sagan described about higher dimension: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnURElCzGc0 and here's a description of Brian Greene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v95WjxpMIQg Carl ...
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$n=0$ mode Fourier expansion on string theory

I am quite baffled at what the $n=0$ mean in compactification, why is this mode important? I mean if $n=0$ was applied here we'd just be left with I know that (39) holds from (37), but I can't ...
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Compact manifold taken as an Einstein Manifold

In Kaluza-Klein theories I often see that the compact space is assumed to be an Einstein manifold, that is, its Ricci tensor is proportional to its metric. So, why is this done?
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What are the definitions and the differences between string “background” and string “vacuum”?

In cosmology one studies perturbations around FRW metric classically (pure GR, we say that we perturbe the FWR "background"). In QFT we have perturbation theory quantistically (we expand around a ...
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The size of extra dimensions

Supposing we have a model, like the String one, which predicts (or requires) $N$ spacetimes dimensions, for the precision let's talk only about space dimensions. What is the process, the rule or the ...
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Is it possible to calculate the shape of extra dimensions?

According to Brian Greene it is possible to calculate the physical constants from the shape of the extra dimensions. Is it possible to do the inverse, so predict the shape of these dimensions from the ...
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Why (in relatively non-technical terms) are Calabi-Yau manifolds favored for compactified dimensions in string theory?

I was hoping for an answer in general terms avoiding things like holonomy, Chern classes, Kahler manifolds, fibre bundles and terms of similar ilk. Simply, what are the compelling reasons for ...
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M-theory compactified on $S^4$

I am trying to understand what happens to the 32 supersymmetries of M-theory when it is compactified on $S^4$, with the other seven dimensions being flat, e.g., $\mathbb{R^7}$, $\mathbb{R^6} \times S^...
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In M-theory, are strings created by membranes?

In M-theory there are 2- and 5-branes, but where are the one-dimensional strings which are responsible for all the particles? Can 5-branes turn into 1-dimensional strings due to compactification?
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Toroidal compactification and number of susy

In case of Tordial compactification, reference states page 13, A.Font et al, Introduction to string compactification, it does not reduce the number of real supercharges. I wonder why this happens. ...
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Can you compare curvatures in space, spacetime and hidden space?

Spacetime curvature is given by the cosmological constant, that produces a De-Sitter spacetime. It is non-zero. But space curvature is nearly zero (how close to zero, compared to the cosmological ...
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Type I string theory on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$ and the K3 orbifold limit

Consider Type IIB string theory with 4 O7-planes and 32 D7-branes on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$. The K3 induces D3-charge on their world-volumes which can be cancelled by the introduction of ...
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Ricci flat compact manifold with $U(1)\times{}SU(2)\times{}SU(3)$ isometry group?

As the title says, is it possible to have a Riemannian Ricci flat compact manifold with $U(1)\times{}SU(2)\times{}SU(3) $ isometry group?
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How can extra (non-curled up) dimensions be hidden from us?

Wikipedia says: If extra dimensions exist, they must be hidden from us by some physical mechanism. One well-studied possibility is that the extra dimensions may be "curled up" at such tiny ...
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Shape of the universe?

What is the exact shape of the universe? I know of the balloon analogy, and the bread with raisins in it. These clarify some points, like how the universe can have no centre, and how it can expand ...
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Projector and delta function on a cycle $\Sigma$ of a manifold $\mathcal{M}_6$

In the paper ``Hierarchies from Fluxes in String Compactifications'' by Giddings, Kachru and Polchinski, the following example is considered for a localized source that may have negative tension (my ...
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Question regarding moduli space of a Calabi-Yau manifold

On page 132 of "Introduction to Supergravity" by Horiatiu Nastase, the author says: On $M = CY_3$ (Calabi-Yau space) there are $b_3$ topologically nontrivial 3-surfaces, for which we can define a ...
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Need explanation for $CY_3$ folds comes first rather than algebraic curves comes first [duplicate]

The example I am aware of so far is quintic 3-fold equipped with $SU(3)$ holonomy. Why it is more natural to talk about $CY_3$ folds or Calibi-Yau 3 folds without talking about algebraic curves in ...
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Why are extra dimensions necessary?

Some theories have more than 4 dimensions of spacetime. But we only observe 4 spacetime dimensions in the real world, cf. e.g. this Phys.SE post. Why are the theories (e.g. string theory) that ...
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What is dimension and how many types of dimensions are there in the universe?

What is dimension and how many types of dimensions are there in the universe? I mean how many total dimensions are there? I have only heard about 2d and 3d. Other than these two, are there any other ...
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$D$-brane and 5th dimensions

While I was looking up the 5th dimension of the Randall-Sandram model, I have wondered whether Kaluza Klein theory can be applied to the $D$-brane or $p$-brane. Can the $D$-brane and $p$-brane ...
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Why is the torus important for compactification in string theory? (aka much ado about the torus)

Why is the torus important in string theory and supergravity? To be specific, why does one care about something like compactification of Type IIB or IIA supergravity on a torus $T^5$, as opposed to ...
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Idea behind Compactified Boson

On p. 167 of his Conformal Field Theory, Di Francesco introduces "Compactified Boson". He says: The invariance of the free-boson Lagrangian [...] with respect to translations $\varphi(x) \...
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Compactified extra dimensions and symmetry

It's my understanding that M-Theory necessitates 11 space-time dimensions (10 spatial dimensions plus 1 time dimension) in order work mathematically. This appears to jar with reality, which only ...
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Can spin angular momentum be understood as orbital angular momentum in extra dimensions?

It is to my understanding that in Kaluza-Klein theories the mass of particles can be understood as linear momentum in the extra dimensions. Let's consider in $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}\times{}B$ space-time a ...
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Do we exist in multiple dimensions?

I have heard that there are 12 spatial dimensions. Does this mean that this many are possible, or that 12 dimensions actually exist? If the latter, then do the same things that exist in 3 dimensions ...
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Justification of not quantizing small extra dimensions

When dealing with extra dimensions ($ x ^\mu $ represents $ 4D $ spacetime and $ y $ the extra dimension) we use what's known as Kaluza-Klein decomposition (basically a Fourier transform), \begin{...
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Betti multiplets in Kaluza Klein compactifications

It is well known that if the compactification manifold of a supergravity theory has non-zero Betti numbers, this may lead to the so called Betti multiplets in the spectrum of the low dimensional ...
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Calabi-Yau condition, moduli and Lichnerowicz equation

I have a conceptual confusion about the metric moduli of Calabi-Yau manifolds, when I was reading Calabi-Yau compactification. As I understand, the metric moduli is parametrized by infinitesimal ...
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The equivalence of two worlds related by T-duality

T-duality in string theory relates a world containing open and closed strings with a D$p$-brane with a compact dimension with radius $R$ with a dual world with a D$(p-1)$-brane with a radius $R'=\...