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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Why & What extra dimensions in M-theory?

I am not into String or M theory. Recently I am again reminded that M-theory "requires extra dimensions" beyond the usual string theories, beyond the usual space-time dimensions. To me, dimensions ...
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What is the difference between D branes, M branes, and NS branes?

I know that D$p$ branes are branes with $p$ spatial dimension with satisfying Dirichlet boundary condition. I want to confirm the following things. First, I heard the D-branes are massive, and these ...
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Higgs branch and Coulomb branch

I heard that the distinguish between Higgs branch and Coulomb branch is the limit of some parameters. (If i remember correctly, something like FI parameters. ) Here i want to know what is FI ...
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Beta function of the non-linear sigma model

In chapter 7.1.1. inTong's notes about String Theory could someone sketch how can I show the statements that he nmakes around eq. 7.5 That the addition of the counterterm can be absorbed by ...
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Relation of Betti numbers to Veneziano's scattering amplitude?

I came across Veneziano's famous formula for the scattering amplitude for four tachyons written as $$A(s,t)= \sum_{n \geq0} \frac{(-1)^n}{n-1 + ...
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What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings?

What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings? I mean the basic object in the theory is (closed) string and they have interactions among them. The string theory, as I ...
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Philosophy enquiry of string theory

Where would I begin to read what are string theorists view of the relation of mathematics to the real world? I want to know whether string theory describes the world exactly, or whether its an ...
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D7 brane profile

I have a doubt about the differential equation leading to the profile of a d7 brane embedded in a 10 dimensional space. According to http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0306018, equation (6), we have the ...
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String frame and Einstein frame for a Dp-brane

The low energy effective action for $N$ D$p$-branes in the string frame is $$ S_\text{eff} = \frac{1}{16\pi G_{10}}\int d^{10}x \sqrt{-g}\ e^{-2\phi}(R+ 4(\partial\phi)^2+\cdots) $$ where $R$ is the ...
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Quantum mechanics threshold

First of all I beg your forgiveness as I am not a physicist and the question I am going to ask may sound silly. I am aware that beyond a certain threshold in the hierarchy of building blocks of ...
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How does string theory describe classical gravity theory, and QFT? [closed]

I am learning string theory, as I understand, gravitons exist as modes in string excitations, and also other particles. It gave me this picture: a lot of strings fulling in the spacetime, excitations ...
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Moduli spaces in string theory vs. soliton theory

In both string theory and soliton theory, moduli spaces are frequently used. As far as I known, for soliton theory, moduli spaces are something like collective coordinates for solitons, and for ...
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Difference between Veneziano amplitude and Virasoro shapiro amplitude

I have been study about Veneziano amplitude and Virasoro Shapiro amplitude. I want to summarize this two amplitude in the following way, please check that i am understand them properly. Veneziano ...
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Form of Dilaton term in polarization tensor

The vertex operator associated with massless state is $$V(k,\epsilon) = -\frac{2}{\alpha}\epsilon_{\mu\nu}(k)\bar{\partial}X^\mu(\bar{z})\partial X^\nu(z)e^{ik\cdot X(z,\bar{z})}$$ The polarization ...
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The quantum state of the Universe

As far as I know, the two popular attempts to quantize gravity (string theory and loop quantum gravity) rely on unmodified quantum mechanics. Since they aim to become ToEs, this also mean that the ...
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Quantum to String: making the transition

We have a Hamiltonian containing a quantum simple harmonic oscillator coupled to a meter and a force. There is a term in the Hamiltonian that involves the oscillator position and the force, a term ...
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What is elliptic genera?

What is elliptic genera in physics? Reading many relevant papers, they just defined elliptic genus as sort of partition function. I try to find useful materials to explain it, but I couldn't find ...
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Estimating volume of moduli space of genus-g Riemann surface with n marked points

I wanted to know how can I estimate the volume of the moduli space of a Riemann surface of genus $g$ and having $n$ marked points. I am reading some old string theory papers which discuss divergences ...
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T duality for lower codimension branes or ALF spaces

These are purely mathematical questions in some sense but I believe this is relevant in string theory as the title says. I wonder if it is possible to perform T-duality of Taub-NUT space not along ...
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Quantum Yang-Mills Theory and AdS/CFT

I just read the first chapter of Becker-Becker-Schwarz. To quote: A remarkable discovery made in the late 1990s is the exact equivalence (or duality) of conformally invariant quantum field ...
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World-sheet energy-momentum tensor and OPE

On p43 of Polchinski's book, it says that under the world-sheet translation $\sigma^a\rightarrow\sigma^a+\epsilon v^a$, $X^\mu\rightarrow X^\mu-\epsilon v^a\partial_a X^\mu$. And $$j^a=iv^b T_{ab},$$ ...
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Operator product expansion in CFT

I'm on Polchinski's p39. Can someone please tell me the steps in the equivalence below? $$\exp\left[\frac{\alpha'}4\int d^2z_4 d^2z_5\ln|z_5-z_4|^2\frac{\delta}{\delta X^\mu(z_4,\bar ...
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N=4 SYM from Klebanov-Witten field theory

This is with reference to M. J. Strassler's lectures on "The Duality Cascade" pg. 46. I want to see how $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM emerges when D3 branes, in the KW setup, are placed at smooth point of the ...
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Cosmological constant (positive, dS) as SUSY/supertring issue

The "almost" de Sitter expansion of current cosmological model implies a puzzle for supersymmetry (SUSY) and also for string theory. A positive value of the cosmological constant implies a non-null ...
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Geodesic curvature and Weyl transformations

The geodesic curvature is given by $$k=\pm t^a n_b\nabla_a t^b,$$ where $t^a$ is a unit vector tangent to the boundary of the string worldsheet and $n_a$ is an outward vector orthogonal to $t^a$. I ...
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Why do people look for a field formalism for String Theory

String theory was originally formulated from a perturbative description (using quantum mechanics (QM) and replacing points by strings and evaluating path integral). Still, although QM has an upgrade ...
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String boundary conditions

I'm reading Polchinski and am confused about equation (1.3.13), $$\gamma_{\tau\sigma}\partial_\tau X^\mu-\gamma_{\tau\tau}\partial_\sigma X^\mu=0~~~~~\text{at}~~~~~\sigma=0,l.$$ It says that this ...
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Why does product of Moduli and Diff x Weyl Variation vanish?

According to equation 5.2.5 in Polchinski :- $$\int d^2 \sigma~ \delta^{'}g_{ab} \times [-2(P_1 \delta \sigma)_{ab} +(2\delta w - \Delta \cdot \delta \sigma)g^{ab}]=0$$ The assumption here is that " ...
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Polchinski equation 4.3.16

I am trying to obtain the polchinski's equation 4.3.16 which is following $ Q_B^2 = \frac{1}{2}\{ Q_B, Q_B \} = -\frac{1}{2}g^{K}_{IJ}g^{M}_{KL}c^Ic^Jc^L b_M =0$ Where $ Q_B = C^I(G_I^m ...
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Are string theories extra dimensions required to be “higher” than the four we know of? [closed]

Does the mathematics of string theory require extra dimensions to be "higher" than our own? Is it possible that extra dimensions are lower that that the four we currently know? Could our four be ...
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About solitons, what is the difference between kinks and vortices?

I am reading papers about solitons for my small reports, and i could not understand its physical meaning in detail. I know soliton is solitary wave which behaves like particle. And many text they ...
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diff-invariant, regulator, cutoff integral on string theory

The diff-invariant distance between $z'$ and $z$ is (for short distances) $e^{w(z)}|z'-z|$, so a diff-invaraint cutoff would be at $|z'-z|=\epsilon e^{-w(z)}$. Then $$ \int ...
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What comes after string theory/M-theory?

Classical mechanics is a good approximation to special relativity, which is a good approximation to general relativity etc. I have heard that if string theory/M-theory is right, then it is not just an ...
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Instantons as a -1 dimensional object

I don't know much about Instantons, and looking through the Wiki page it seems like one must have a lot of knowledge about QFT to understand them. However recently I've encountered a statement (which ...
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why is it important to find stability of supergravity solutions? [closed]

I want to know about the importance of the stability, generally,why is stability important in super-gravity? and why do we like these solutions?
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What experiment would prove string theory?

The conceptual model of multidimensional vibrating strings provides an incredibly rich and diverse "language" that almost certainly is encompassing all of known physics as a singular point somewhere ...
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M-Theory and computer simulation

I have a question. Is it possible to perform computer simulations based on the M-Theory? I was looking for such simulators or source codes but I have not found anything. However, M-theory must have ...
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Is our universe an emulation?

I was watching one of Neil Degrasse Tyson talks and there was a scientist (can't recall his name sorry) who was talking about a recent discovery: "Doubly-even self-dual linear binary ...
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What is the meaning of this String Theory Equation from CERN? [closed]

I have recently visited CERN, and in the Globe they showed an equation from string theory. My knowledge about it goes only as far as 'The elegant universe', so no mathematics, but i would say that ...
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Deriving conserved currents by promoting parameter

I currently reading Tong's text on String Theory. In Chapter 4.1.1 he alludes to a technique to derive conserved currents Recall that we can usually derive conserved currents by promoting the ...
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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 ...
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How can one calculate the central term of the conformal field theory algebra (and show it's really the virasoro algebra)?

So I'm following Szabo's book "An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics (2nd ed, 2011); still on the canonical treatment in chapter 3. After doing a mode expansion, we get (up to a ...
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Infinite number of universes? Black holes are guilty? [closed]

I was thinking, if the space is infinite, what if there are infinite number of spaces, inside our universe? I mean, everyone knows that black holes exist, but nobody knows what happens when you get ...
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What are the implications for the AdS/Cft program if AdS is unstable?

To my understanding recent progress in the study of the non linear stability of AdS spacetime suggest that $AdS$ might be unstable. If this is true, what are the physical and mathematical ...
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“Dictionnary” between QFTs in D and D-1 dimensions?

Considering Einstein equations, suppose, for instance, that the RHS, the stress-energy tensor, is uniquely due to the electromagnetic field. Now, if we imagine a quantized version of these Einstein ...
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Can the compactified dimensions of M-Theory/String Theory become uncurled?

Is it possible for the curled dimensions described in superstring theories to become uncurled and open up. I have read that the big bang could have been the uncurling over 3 dimensions through ...
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relating spinor and fundamental representation for $E_8$

While proving a very important relation which is satisfied both by $SO(32)$ AND $E_8$, which makes it possible to factorize the anomaly into two parts. The relation is ...
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Stability of D-Branes and Coupling to Fields

I've been brushing up on my string theory using Becker, Becker, Schwarz (p. 208 in particular). They state that some D-branes can couple to R-R fields from closed string excitations. They then go on ...
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Long string model of black hole

I wonder if anyone can advise me literature about "long string model" of black hole. I've tried Google, and of course arXiv.org. Still I couldn't find anything about this theme. I would be also very ...
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Are O-planes not dynamical?

In Polchinski's book "String theory", he is saying "Unlike the case of D-branes, there are no string modes tied to the orientifold plane to represent fluctuations in its shape. Our heuristic argument ...