A class of theories that attempt to explain all existing particles (including force carriers) as vibrational modes of extended objects, such as the 1-dimensional fundamental string. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS TAG for non-relativistic material strings, such as, e.g., a guitar string.

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Action with self-dual field strength

It is said that writing down an action in presence of a self-dual field strength is subtle and not known till date. The familiar example people give is that of type IIB super-gravity which has a ...
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What is Kaku's equation about?

When Michio Kaku talks about science he often likes to refer to string theory and sometimes to his equation which looks like this (not sure if wrote right): $$L = \Phi^\dagger[i\partial_{\tau}-H]\Phi ...
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Hamiltonian for closed strings [on hold]

I am reading GSW volume 1 and it says in chapter 2 that the Hamiltonian for closed strings turn out to be $$ H = \frac{1}{2} \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} (\alpha_{-n}.\alpha_{n} + \tilde{\alpha}_{-n}\cot ...
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Doesn't string theory have to exist? [closed]

String theory is a theory of quantum gravity, and the standard model doesn't include gravity. But since there is gravity down at the sub atomic level, then doesn't string theory have to be right since ...
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Normal Ordering in String Theory: Polchinsky vs. all others

Polchinsky defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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What is a Schrödinger background or a Schrödinger symmetry?

In some string theory paper, they mention "Schrödinger background" and "Schrödinger symmetry", which I never heard before. What does that mean?
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Importance and Origin of level matching condition

I want to know the origin of level-matching condition of string theory. And want to know why many string theory textbook mention that this condition is crucial. Is this level matching condition ...
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Problems with covariant action of the superstring

I was reading Kiritsis notes (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9709062), at page 105/106 (equation 10.1), where he has a covariant action of the superstring including the gravitino. I have problems showing ...
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Kalb-Ramond in T-duality

I'm working through a particular problem (Problem 17.4) in Zweibach's "A first course in string theory", because I'm trying to understand how the Kalb-Ramond field affects T-duality. The question ...
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Semi-infinite forms?

I am reading Vafa's paper 'Topological Mirros and Quantum Strings'. In this paper, the author says the Hilbert Space of a fermionic string theory corresponds to the space of semi-infinite forms on the ...
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Generally speaking, given two CFTs, how can we check that they are equivalent?

We can calculate their central charges. And beyond this, are there some other general approaches? Or we must find an isomorphism of operators between the two theories?
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Does Type IIB string theory feature D(-1) and D9 branes?

I'm slightly confused as to how one deduces the D-brane content of a string theory by studying the p-form fields in the effective field theory. In type IIB supergravity one has: The Kalb-Ramond ...
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Beyond usual quantum mechanic description of entanglement, is there any QFT or stringy formalism/explanation of it? [closed]

Currently entanglement is speculated to be one underlying mechanism of emergent spacetime, but what are its foundations?
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What is meant by open-string tachyon scattering amplitude?

It was said here that Veneziano derived: open-string tachyon scattering amplitude from principles of Regge theory and S-matrix theory and used the Euler beta-function to make all the critical ...
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Tension of string-theory string

Can the tension of a given string in string theory be increased (by say interaction with other strings), or is it always fixed. I am trying to figure out if the energy of a string can be increased. ...
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Bosonic and fermionic partitions

Let us look at a set of fermionic and creation operators $b_n$, $b_n^\dagger$ with $n$ a positive integer. Here fermionic means they obey the anti-commutation relations$$\{b_n, b_m\} = \{b_n^\dagger, ...
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What does black hole temperature mean? [duplicate]

From the title, the question is a bit open ended. Let me make it a bit simpler. 1. What region of the black hole has temperature? Is it the surface space? the region outside? . . . etc , any precise ...
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What happens when an open string start to stretch in a full Neumann boundary scenario?

I'm only reading about string theory. I'm an undergraduate. I see that for a full Neumann boundary condition the ends of a relativist string travel at the speed of light. If they travel in opposite ...
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Symmetry of the Polyakov action?

Let us look at the Polyakov action for a string moving in a spacetime with metric $g_{\mu \nu}(X)$:$$S_P = -{1\over{4\pi \alpha'}} \int d^2 \sigma \sqrt{-\gamma} \gamma^{ab} \partial_a X^\mu ...
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What are the difference between a black holes and a black branes? [closed]

I want to know the fundamental difference between a black hole and a black brane? What is the planar limit?
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750 GeV diphoton resonance: KK graviton?

As everybody of you may know at LHC they found this probable resonance (https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114808, https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114853?ln=en). It may be a scalar or a KK graviton mode. Now, ...
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Why are only certain fluxes allowed in 11D SUGRA?

In Type IIA/IIB string theory we can have various fluxes, such as the 3-form H-flux, and the various Ramond-Ramond fluxes in even/odd dimensions. In 11D SUGRA, however, the field content seems to ...
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Geometry of spacetime and spinor bilinears

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) p.20, the author says in the section titled Geometry of spacetime the following: In order to obtain the spacetime geometry, we consider the spinor ...
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Orbifold actions and twist operators

A twist operator $\sigma$ is the operator that acts on the untwisted vacuum $|0\rangle$ to create a twisted vacuum $\sigma|0\rangle$. States belonging to the twisted sector of an orbifold are built on ...
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on fundamental 2D conductivity equation boundary value problem

Consider the following homogeneous boundary value problem for a function/potential $u(x,y)$ on the infinite strip $[-\infty,\infty]\times[0,\pi/4]$ w/positive periodic coefficient/nductivity ...
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Squashed spheres in general dimension

The point of this question is to help me find references regarding squashed spheres in general dimension. I am interested in the general theory of squashing for arbitrary dimension. All of the ...
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How to understand the relationship between these two geometrical structures?

During my study of quantum information processing, I occasionally meet two different geometrical structures: (a) The geometry of the Hilbert space of quantum state, where the superposition and ...
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Brane interactions?

In particle physics, in QFT's, interactions come from the interaction piece in the Lagrangian (action). In string theory, waiting for a complete formulation of SFT, we have to add "by hand" ...
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What are susy transformations for N=2 sugra?

Killing spinor equations are equations that result from supersymmetric transformations. One example of those is for example is in $N=2$ Supergravity theories. As suggested by some books and papers on ...
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What is the relationship between a brane, a manifold, and a space?

I've read many ways to define manifold; one way is to define it as a type of mathematical space (a type of topological space to be exact). All of the definitions that I've seen for brane, on the ...
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What sorts of problems does asymptotically safe gravity face as a potential quantum gravity solution?

I've recently read an article by Ethan Siegel over at Forbes (he also blogs at Starts with a Bang) on asymptotically safe gravity as a possible alternative to string theory. I read the author's blog ...
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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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Globally defined solutions in bc CFT system

Consider $bc$-system which is 2-dimensional CFT of fermions: $S = \int_\Sigma d^2 z \ b \bar{\partial} c + h.c. $ where $\Sigma$ - 2-dimensional manifold of genus $p$, fields $b, c$ have ...
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Confusion on Polchinski P.67

I am reading Polchinski's String Theory Volume I. While I am learning the basics of string scatterings in Ch.3, I went back to chapter 2 and review the part of vertex operators. However, I found that ...
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Reparameterization invariance of strings

I'm working through Zweibach's First Course In String Theory. I'm stuck on a problem (16.1) where I need to show that the coupling Kalb-Ramond field to a worldsheet have the following transformation: ...
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Why is the formulation of M(embrane) theory so hard? [duplicate]

The formulation of String theory is fairly straight forward in that the action is just the world-sheet area of a string. Then you can add supersymmetry in various ways. Finally you add some ghosts to ...
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How to find explicit QFT particles from a heterotic String theorie partition function

Starting with a SUSY $E_8$ x $E_8$ heterotic partition function: $ Z = - \frac{1}{8} \sum Z^8_x Z_4[^s_{s'}] Z_8[^t_{t'}] Z_8[^u_{u'}] $ where the sum is over all spin structures $s,t,u,s',t',u' = ...
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String spreading?

What is 'string spreading' (in the context of string theory)? Does it have implications for the observability of post-classical effective field theory of gravity terms near macroscopic black hole ...
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Multiparticle States in String Theory

I am new to string theory and I hope that the following question, if not actually deep, may provoke answers that might not only be useful to me but also to other newcomers: I believe to have ...
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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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Boundary condition for holographic Green's function

I understand that to obtain retarded Green's function using AdS/CFT one needs to put ingoing wave boundary condition at the horizon, when one is considering a finite temperature system. For system ...
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What is the meaning of the UV =? IR statement in String theory

I was looking through these notes http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/string/six.pdf and on page 146 it says "This corresponds to the fact that any putative UV divergence of string theory can always ...
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Why will a Fourier transform of a pickup placed at the middle of a string only result in odd harmonics?

My physics teacher explained a lot of information about strings but he never went in depth with my question. What happens to the even harmonics and why are the odd ones the only ones picked up?
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Different OPE channels in bootstrap

Can someone quickly explain what exactly are those different channels (namely s,t,u) in OPE expansions frequently used in conformal bootstrap. Explanation with a simple example will be really helpful. ...
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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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Fluctuating string in AdS black hole

People frequently use fluctuating string in AdS black hole (see 1,2,3 etc) to study dynamics of a "free external quark" in quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) at finite temperature. The background black hole ...
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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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Target space Lorentz symmetry of superstrings in noncritical dimensions

Is the target space Lorentz symmetry of noncritical strings ($D \neq 26$) or superstrings ($D \neq 10$) broken or is it not? Naive arguments suggest that the mentioned anomaly does not exist, since ...
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Where does E8 come from in M-Theory?

Where does the E8 symmetry comes from in M-Theory? For example when you compactify one of the dimensions on a line you get E8xE8 heterotic string theory. Or if you compactify 11D Supergravity ...