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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String Theory Vs. Holographic Theory of the Universe. Compatibility

String Theory claims strings to be one dimensional objects vs. dimensionless point particles of the Standard Model. String Theory also needs 10 or possibly more spatial dimensions to operate in. ...
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Force and dimension is the same? [on hold]

I read somewhere that maybe we have 10 dimensions. We know that we have four dimensions (3 dimensions of space plus one of time). There are also four forces: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong ...
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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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What's smaller: a neutrino, or a string from string theory [on hold]

I've recently read an article that stated "If an atom were as big as the solar system, a neutrino would be the size of a golf ball". I watch the science channel, and on (I believe) the show How the ...
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Zeno effect in quantum gravity?

Given that "the quantum zeno effect can "freeze" the evolution of the system by measuring it frequently enough in its known initial state." Is there any equivalent/similar Zeno effect in quantum ...
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Doesn't quantum uncertainty disprove string theory? [duplicate]

String theory states that the oscillations of little strings are responsible for all the particles in and the evolution of the universe. The specific type of particle created by a string depends on ...
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Why are the Nambu-Goto action and Polyakov action equivalent at quantum level?

It's a well known elementary fact that the Nambu-Goto action $$S_{NG} = T \int d \tau d \sigma \sqrt{ (\partial_{\tau} X^{\mu})^2 (\partial_{\sigma} X^{\mu})^2 - (\partial_{\sigma} X^{\mu} \partial_{\...
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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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Connection between Veneziano amplitude and Regge amplitude

I have tried to read about Regge theory, and I continue to run my head against the Veneziano formula, which is said to produce correct Regge trajectories by eg. t'Hooft at page 6 here: http://www....
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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 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 exactly does string theory make general relativity and quantum mechanics compatible?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the reason that quantum mechanics and general relativity are incompatible is because the quantum foam at Planck scales renders space-time discontinuous and doesn't allow ...
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Given a metric of a torus can we measure it's thickness?

What I mean is, if you have a metric of a torus $T_2$, and you want to distinguish between say very thin stringy tori and very thick tori with the same surface area, is there a nice formula for this ...
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Does M theory have open strings?

M theory combines all string theories, however, some contain open strings but other do not. So what does M theory have to say about this?
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Nambu-Goto and Polyakov Actions

This might be a little bit of a technical question, so bear with me. Ok, so from string theory we know that the action for a relativistic string is found from the worldsheet when we embed the string ...
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Does string theory predict QFT? [duplicate]

Does string theory predict QFT? Or is it only consistent with it? Or is it build-in from the start?
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Does string theory explain the existence of 3 generations of quarks/leptons?

I am wondering whether string theory explains the existence of 3 families of quarks/leptons or not. I have a very limited understanding of string theory, as of now, and I have a mathematical ...
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Are strings in string theory actually little black holes? [closed]

I sometimes read that strings in string theory are actually little black holes, or can be interpreted that way. Is this true? How is that consistent with that the particle that a string represents ...
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What is the difference between worldsheet supersymmetry and spacetime supersymmetry?

What is the difference between worldsheet supersymmetry and spacetime supersymmetry? For worldline formulation of fermions quantum mechanics, there is a supersymmetry. But the corresponding spacetime ...
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Multi-Cut Matrix Models

I have a question pertaining specifically to a one-matrix model with a multi-cut solution. The standard procedure is to take a polynomial superpotential $W(x)$. In the classical limit (analogous to $...
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What does string theory predict for the singularity inside a black hole?

The usual explanation for what's going on inside a black hole goes something like "General Relativity predicts a singularity with infinite curvature, but when matters gets so tightly compressed we ...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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T-duality between $E_8 \times E_8$ and $\text{Spin(}32)/\mathbb{Z}_2$ heterotic strings at the $\sigma$-model level

I would like to understand how T-duality between the heterotic $E_8 \times E_8$ (HE) and heterotic $\textrm{Spin}(32)/\mathbb{Z}_2$ (HO) theories works, at the level of the worldsheet $\sigma$-model. ...
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Do Quark confinement prevents proving strings? [closed]

In baryons like protons,neutrons;isolated quark doesn't exist due to quark confinement. We will need an infinite energy to pull quarks apart.Even if we try to pull them apart there will be pair ...
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How to calculate the free energy in curved space?

To study the Hagedorn temperature of string near a black hole, we need to calculate the free energy in curved space. This is can be done calculating a torus path integral, but I want to know if an ...
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How do comparatively larger particles arise from vibrations of infinitely smaller strings?

In String Theory, how can a string as infinitesimally small as the Planck length, manifest itself as a much larger and massive particle?
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What is the spin of the Kalb-Ramond field?

In bosonic string theory the massless states of the closed string are given by a rank 2 tensor, which is divided into its three irreducible spherical tensors: symmetric traceless, antisymmetric and ...
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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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Question about notation used in writing the moduli space in string theory

In physics papers, particularly those by Aspinwall, or textbooks, I encounter things like $$\mathcal{M} \simeq O(\Gamma_{4,20})\setminus O(4,20)/((O(4)\times O(20))$$ For instance, this is from ...
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String quantization and Malament's theorem

Malament's theorem posits that, given a few assumptions on relativistic QM, it is impossible to have localized particles. For $E_\Delta$ the proposition that a particle is certain to be found within a ...
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In String Theory, can some particles contains multiple strings? [closed]

According to String Theory, can a particle consist of more than one string? I can visualize elementary particles, like leptons, being composed of a single string. But what about composite particles, ...
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What particles are closed strings? [closed]

In String Theory, I understand that gravitons are particles that are closed strings. Are there other particles that are manifested from closed strings?
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Reference for orbifolds in string- and M-theory

A number of orbifold constructions have been studied heavily in string- and M-theory over the years, establishing various dualities between different theories. Can someone point me to a slightly more ...
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Problem obtaining string equations from Polyakov action [closed]

I am trying to obtain the string equations of motion from the Polyakov action in the conformal gauge, i.e.: $$ S=T\int{d\tau d\sigma (\dot{x}^2-x^{'2})}\equiv\int{d\tau d\sigma \mathcal{L}} $$ where ...
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How many orientifold planes does one need?

According to the book ''String Theory in a Nutshell'' by Elias Kiritsis (page 204, linked here), the tension of an $Op$-plane is $$T_{Op} = -2^{p-4}T_{Dp}$$ With this picture, one gets -- for type ...
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For intersecting branes, are we allowed to compactify on a torus such that one of the branes becomes dense in it? What is the result?

The story of how to get chiral fermions in the low-energy effective theory of a string theory with intersecting branes goes something like this: At the point of intersection of two branes, a direct ...
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p-cycles and Fluxes

I would like to ask why the existence of a non-trivial p-cycle leads to a non-trivial flux. I would say that e.g. for a five-form $F_{(5)}$ field strength , the flux is: $$\int\limits_{\mathcal{C}^{5}}...
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Multi-center Taub-NUT geometry and homologically nontrivial cycles

In the string theory book by Ibanez and Uranga (click here for the Google books excerpt), the four-dimensional multi-center Taub-NUT metric is written as $$ds^2 = \frac{V(\textbf{x})}{4}d\textbf{x}^2 ...
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Query about Ramond-Ramond fluxes associated with a Dp-brane

A paragraph in the string theory book by Ibanez and Uranga (String Theory and Particle Physics by Luis Ibáñez and Angel Uranga) has confused me. According to the book (for a screenshot of the ...
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Exchanging a local operator with a path integral

I am reading a paper by J. Polchinski, called "What is string theory", hep-th/9411028. In eq. 1.1.9, and the line before it, the author seems to have used: $$\langle \partial_z \partial_{\bar{z}} X(z,...
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Higgs mechanism in quantum GLSM

My question is regarding the following Gauged Linear Sigma Model (GLSM) in two dimensions. $$\tag{1} S=\int d^2x\Big(-D_{\mu}\overline{\phi} D^{\mu}\phi +\frac{D^2}{2e'^2} +D(|\phi|^2-r)\Big).$$ ...
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Why cannot a fundamental string couple to the R-R gauge field $C_{\mu\nu}$?

People usually say that D-branes can carry R-R charges, or can couple to R-R sector gauge fields. But why a fundamental string cannot couple to a 2-form R-R sector gauge field? What's the essential ...
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What, exactly, is a “delta function p-form” as used in the theory of branes?

In string theory, when dealing with branes, the following happens: We rewrite a worldvolume action $S = \int_{\Sigma_{p+1}} \omega^{(p+1)}$ of a $D_p$-brane as an integral over the whole $\mathbb{R}^{...
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Question on $E_8$ and twistor space [closed]

The Kahler $4$ form constructed from two-forms $\{\alpha, \beta\} \in H^2(M,\mathbb Z)$, and $M$ a $4$-manifold, is induced by $\alpha\wedge\beta$ with the map $H^2(M, \mathbb Z)\otimes H^2(M, \mathbb ...
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Confusion regarding Vacuum fluctuations, Strings & The Casimir Effect

From Wikipedia: Casimir Effect The typical example is of the two uncharged conductive plates in a vacuum, placed a few nanometers apart. In a classical description, the lack of an external field ...
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Enhanced D-Brane Gauge Symmetry and the string decoupling limit

Consider a system of $N_C$ $Dp$-branes (in Type IIA or Type IIB string theory, depending on whether $p$ is even or odd). In the Les Houches lectures on supersymmetric gauge theories by Berman and ...
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Gravitational wave and string theory

I'm new to physics and have been reading about fundamental and textbook physics text, which is the Young & Freedman University Physics (good book). I'm little skeptical towards string theory as ...
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From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum field theory to String theory?

Today during a very "unique" study session, I might have internalized why Quantum mechanics was not enough, and Quantum field theory makes sense. It seems the reasons are that When a potential is ...
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What is the origin of the five-form field in bubbling Ads geometries?

I have been reading the paper: Bubbling Ads space and the 1/2 BPS geometries[hep-th/0409174]. In the paper they look at 1/2 BPS states in the field theory which are dual to D3 branes IIB supegravity. ...