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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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Why must a physical theory be mathematically self-consistent?

I always read in modern physics textbooks and articles about the need for physical theories to be mathematically self-consistent, which implies that the theories must not produce contradictions or ...
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Definition of anomalous symmetry in Hamiltonian formalism

In the Lagrangian path-integral formulation of QFT, an anomalous symmetry is defined to be a symmetry of the action which is not a symmetry of the measure of the path integral, and therefore not a ...
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Non-abelian current commutators

There many articles, in which non-abelian current commutators are computed. The general result is that quantum corrections lead to additional term in commutator $$[J^a_\mu (x), J^b_\nu (y)] \delta (x^...
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Virasoro Algebra vs Witt Algebra

I'm reading some notes on CFT, and there's a strange topic that I find quite confusing. We define the Witt algebra to be the generators of conformal transformations on the complex plane. $l_n = -z^{...
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Anomaly, Ward identity [closed]

While studying notes on anomaly by Adel Bilal (http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.0634), I stuck in a calculation. Here it goes as follows: The three-current correlator in perturbation theory as a one-loop ...
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Anomalies and determinant bundle curvature

I heard that anomalies and curvature of determinant bundle are related. Namely, curvature of determinant bundle is related to Chern-Simons form (which are involved in description of gauge anomalies). ...
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Pion decay from chiral anomaly

I have to compute the decay rate of the process: $$ \pi^{0} \rightarrow \gamma \gamma $$ with 4-momenta $P \rightarrow K_{1}+K_{2},$ by the means of the following effective Lagrangian, coming from ...
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Feynman graph of induced current

I'm self studying QFT from Peskin and Schroeder. In chapter 19 of this book, page 653 (Perturbation theory anomalies) the expectation value of the induced current is calculated. I'm confused with the ...
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Global Anomaly and Ward Identity

This question is a continuation of the answer posted for this question about anomalies. What happens to the Ward identity corresponding to a global symmetry if that symmetry is anomalous? I mean, is ...
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Computation of theta-term from triangle diagram

The chiral $U(1)$ anomaly in QCD can be calculated exactly by one-loop Feynman diagrams, for example by the famous triangle diagram. I am currently performing the computation to get a better ...
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What is the axial current?

The axial current is defined as $$j^\mu_5 = \bar{\psi} \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \psi.$$ This quantity is important when studying anomalies. Explicitly working out components, the axial current is just the ...
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The scale anomaly and dependence on scale

The scale anomaly states that if we have renormalizable theory without dimensionful function, which is scale invariant, then corresponding quantum theory may lost this symmetry because of ...
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Baryon number violation in the Standard Model

Anomaly cancellation in the Standard model requires $B-L$ to be constant, which is done using perturbative diagrammatic expansion. Secondly, baryon number is conserved as an $U(1)$ global field ...
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Anomalous Slavnov-Taylor identity

I will be happy if someone could clarify the mystery here. Consider the following derivation of the anomalous Slavnov-Identity. It's based on lecture notes by Adel Bilal. Suppose we have an action ...
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Quantum Anomalies and Quantum Symmetries

In Quantum Field Theories (QFT) there is a well known phenomenon of anomalies, where a classical symmetry is broken in the quantum theory due to a so called anomaly. This symmetry breaking can be ...
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Are SUSY transformations free from anomalies?

Although I've studied supersymmetic field theories for several years, there is a fundamental problem annoying me: Do SUSY transformations (including both the ordinary ones in various dimensions and ...
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What is the simplest chiral $U(1)$ theory that satistifies both gauge and gravity anomalies?

I've learned the chiral $U(1)$ theory that satisfies either gauge anomalies or gravity anomalies. But what's the theory satisfies both of them?
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How to visualize a sphere bundle?

In the paper ``Gravitational Anomaly Cancellation for M Theory Fivebranes", the authors consider removing a tubular region of radius $\epsilon$ around the M5 brane (in order to make sense of the three ...
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Non-zero gravitational anomaly

Analogous to the Adler-Jackiw-Bell anomaly of QCD, we have an anomaly in gravity when we consider gravity to be coupled to chiral fermions: \begin{equation} \partial_\nu J^\nu_5\propto R\tilde{R}, \...
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Why is it that the conformal anomaly has to be scale invariant?

When reading about conformal anomalies, such as in this paper it is often stated that the anomaly (ie. $ \delta W[g]/ \delta \sigma$ where $ W[g]$ is the quantum effective action for gravity) must be ...
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Anomalies, neutrino condensate and neutrino masses

Is neutrino number conservation not affected by the U(1) QCD and QED anomalies due its zero U(1) charge? Is this the reason why the neutrino should be massless and there should be no lepton family ...
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QCD condensate and lepton mass

I read that the QCD U(1) anomaly is caused by the QCD condensate giving rise to quark masses. Does the QCD condensate also give masses to leptons (electron, mu, tau, neutrinos), or are these masses ...
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Chiral anomaly and fermion number conservation

Chiral anomalies in QED and QCD violate fermion number conservation, since a U(1) vector symmetry corresponds to fermion number conservation. However, only the LH and RH fermion numbers are not ...
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M5 brane zero modes

The Euclidean M5 brane worldvolume has an anti self-dual 3-form and two negative chirality spinors. The spinors can couple to the SO(5) gauge fields of the normal bundle, but the 3-form cannot couple ...
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Anomaly cancellation in the standard model (calculating the symmetrized trace of generators)

The Problem We can show that the condition for the Standard Model to be anomaly-free is that the symmetrized trace over the generators of the gauge group vanishes: \begin{align} \text{tr} \big(\{\...
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Target Space Lorentz Invariance vs. World Sheet Weyl Invariance

The Polyakov action, $S\sim \int d^2\sigma\sqrt{\gamma}\, \gamma_{ab}\partial^a X^\mu \partial ^b X_\mu$, has the well known classical symmetries of world sheet diffeomorphism invariance, world ...
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QED and anomaly

I've just started to learn anomalies in quantum field theories. I have a question. How to show that QED is free from vector current anomaly and what would happen if it were not? In other words, how ...
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Consequences of local and global anomaly

Are the physical consequences of anomalies associated with a local symmetry is different from that of a global symmetry? If yes, why? We have global anomaly in the standard model but not local anomaly?...
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Can the effective vertex for $\gamma\to3\pi$ be derived directly from the anomaly?

My question is whether the effective vertex for $\gamma\to3\pi$ can be derived directly from the anomaly (given in the first equation below), in analogy with the $\pi^0\to2\gamma$ vertex? As far as I ...
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Nature of the Wess-Zumino term in an effective field theories

Let's have theory involves fermions which interact through spontaneously broken (by field $g = ve^{i\theta }$ value $v$) $U(1)$ group, and then to integrate fermions out. Will Wess-Zumino term $$ \...
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Effective field theories and gauge anomalies cancellation

Lets assume some theory which concludes sets of generations of fermions (lets call them $A$ and $B$). Fermions $A$ have some gauge group $G_{A}$ (for example, SM), while fermions $B$ are charged under ...
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What is the reason for chiral anomalies in condensed matter systems?

If you consider a massless relativistic fermion theory and you perform a chiral transformation, then you realize that while the classical action remains invariant under this transformation the ...
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Point splitting technique in Pesking and Schroeder

One of the cornerstones of point splitting technique of calculating chiral anomaly (Peskin and Schroeder 19.1, p.655) is a symmetric limit $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$. And this is the point that I don't ...
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Chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetal

In the presence of electromagnetic fields $E$ and $B$, four current is not conserved in a Weyl semimetal i.e. $\partial_{\mu} j^{\mu}\propto E\cdot B \neq 0$. There are some proofs in the literature ...
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Fujikawa's method for 2+1-dimensional parity anomaly?

Fujikawa's chiral rotation method is applied to calculate 3+1 dimensional chiral anomaly in many textbooks, but is there any counterpart of that method in deriving 2+1 dimensional parity anomaly, i.e. ...
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Anomaly and Weyl spinors

I try to better understand anomalies in QFT and I've got a question concerning derivation of axial anomaly in Terning's lectures (page 12) Consider a theory of Weyl fermions coupled to a gauge field $...
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A question on intermediate step in deriving gravitational anomaly by Fujikawa's method

In Fujikawa's 'Path integrals and Quantum Anomalies', Eq.(10.26) in the derivation of gravitational anomaly in Chapter 10.1 is puzzling for me. $A_{\mu}^{mn}(x_0^{\mu}+\frac{y^{\mu}}{M})=\frac{1}{2M}...
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Anomaly for Majorana fermion?

In 4-spacetime dimension, is there U(1) gauge field chiral anomaly associated with Majorana fermion (or I am not sure if it is equivalent, majorana representation)? Besides, I have read from several ...
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Is there a 2D manifold on which the Dirac equation has a zero mode?

The two-dimensional (2D) Dirac equation $(\sigma_1iD_1+\sigma_2 iD_2)\psi=E\psi$ admits zero mode ($E=0$) solutions on a non-trivial gauge background, such as the zero mode at the core of a U(1) gauge ...
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Polyakov equation in the strings theory

In the equation of Polyakov there wouldn't be in our universe 10 or 11 dimensions but more (26) because it is referred to the bosonic theory. Are there any connections between this equation and the ...
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Few questions about SM baryogenesis

SM provides baryogenesis via leptogenesis due to anomalies and sphaleron processes. I have a few questions on it. How exactly the anomalies in lepton and baryon currents provide convertation of ...
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Fujikawa method for arbitrary transformations

When the Fujikawa method is presented in every book I've read so far, the transformation is initially written as $e^{i\chi (x) \gamma^{5}}$. The trace of $i\chi(x)\gamma^{5}$ is done by including a ...
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Sphaleron interactions erase baryon asymmetry?

The sphaleron interactions in the standard model is $(B-L)$ conserving and $(B+L)$ violating. Each sphaleron transition causes $\Delta B$ and $\Delta L$ to change by the same amount so that $\Delta(B-...
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Specific Reference for 't Hooft Anomaly Matching Condition

Does anyone know, in exactly which paper did G.'t Hooft "propose" anomaly matching condition? I scrambled across his list of publications, but I am unable to make out.
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anomalous chiral symmetry and the $\bar\theta$ parameter

I am studying anomalous $U(1)$'s, related to the strong CP problem, and I have some trouble with the origin of the parameter $\bar{\theta}$. We start with the QCD Lagrangian with the topological ...
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Why is it important that the vector current should be conserved in QED?

In Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by MD Schwartz in the chapter about the anomalies, he derives from the equation of motions and the Noether currents of a effective massless QED ...
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The index of a Dirac operator and its physical meaning

I recently read Witten's paper from the 1980s and he often uses the notion of the index of a Dirac operator in K-theory. What is the meaning of the index of a Dirac operator? What exactly is the ...
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What are the two dimensions of relativity that are added to string theory?

Based on the Ramanujam's modular functions, somehow these magic numbers 10 and 26 spacetime dimensions appear in string theory. The dimensions can be viewed as 8 + 2 and 24 + 2. The number 2 is added ...
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What is the difference between Chiral anomaly, ABJ anomaly, and Axial anomaly?

I get confuse with these three terms: Chiral anomaly, ABJ anomaly, and Axial anomaly. I can not find standard definition of these three. Is there anyone can describe precisely?