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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Is there some no-go theorem for $D=9$ Kaluza Klein QCD+EM?

While QCD is a typical product of AdS/CFT and some other research trends in extra dimensions, I have never found in the literature an example producing the non-chiral part of the standard model, ...
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Superstring NS tachyon vertex operator

After reading some confusing chapter of various string theory book I'm trying to construct the Tachyon vertex operator for superstring theory. I know that this is removed after GSO projection, but for ...
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Correlator $bc$ system

I have da doubt with bc system. Polchinski says (2.5.10) $$ b(z)b(0)~=~O(z). \tag{2.5.10} $$ I tried to compute the correlation function With eom, using eq (2.5.6b) by Polchinki, removing the ...
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Connection between the M5 brane and (2, 0) superconformal field theory

I have read that the worldvolume theory of the M5 brane is a $(2, 0)$ superconformal field theory (SCFT). But I have also learnt from talks that the $(2, 0)$ theory lacks a Lagrangian description. ...
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Polchinski Equation (10.4.7)

I'm having a problem to interpret eq. (10.4.7) in Polchinski: $$ \gamma(z)\delta(\gamma(0)) = O(z), \qquad \beta(z)\delta(\gamma(0)) = O(z^{-1}). $$ What does he mean by $\delta$? He tries to ...
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Problem with OPE (from Polchinski) [on hold]

I was reading Polchinski, Vol. 2 pag 12, while I found (10.3.12a): $$ e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(z)}=\frac{1}{2z} + i\partial H(0) + 2zT^H_B(0) + O(z^2).\tag{10.3.12a} $$ Now I tried to do the OPE, what I ...
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Quantum corrections to holographic entanglement entropy

I was looking at this paper by Faulkner-Lewkowycz-Maldacena. They give a very interesting proposal of calculating one loop (i.e, 1/N) correction to EE from computing the EE between the bulk regions. ...
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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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D-brane tension of type I D9-branes after T-duality

Type I contains branes with a brane tension which is $\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}$ times that of type II branes. The reason is that, e.g., in the computation of the D9-D9 amplitude the open string is ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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Polchinski Exercise 2.2, can I show that a function is harmonic by applying $\partial\bar{\partial}$?

I'm working on the following exercise: Exercise 2.2: Work out explicitly the expression $$:X^{\mu_1}(z_1, \overline{z}_1) \dots X^{\mu_n}(z_n, \overline{z}_n): \qquad \qquad\qquad $$ $$ ...
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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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Amplitude for a string to propagate from one point to another

In Zwiebach’s book sections 12.6 and 12.7 interesting aspects of the wave function of the string are discussed. In order to introduce my question first recall what happens with the relativistic ...
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Mathematics needed for string theory [duplicate]

I'm interested in cutting edge string theory studied by research physicist. I'm wonder what mathematics is needed and how far am I in terms of mathematics background needed and how much more ...
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Maldacena's decoupling argument

I am a bit confused about Maldacena's original decoupling argument. There are two different low energy (i.e, $\alpha^\prime \to 0$) descriptions of the stack of D3-branes: $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM and ...
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What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$?

What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$ that appears in ${\cal N}=8$ Supergravity and what are the basics properties? Moreover what is the relation with the Lie Algebra $E_7$? ...
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How is it physically possible for strings to only be one-dimensional? [duplicate]

How can something have length, but no width or height? If something is one-dimensional, does it even exist? By one-dimensional, do they mean that the height and width of the strings are so small ...
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Compactification and $S^1/Z_2$ orbifold in Randall-Sundrum (RS) model [closed]

In the Randall-Sundrum model we have a finite fifth dimension, with simplest periodic geometry as that of a circle, $S^1$ of radius $R$ where $y\mapsto y+2\pi R$ is identified. But to describe the ...
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Instantons and Fivebranes

What is the general relationship between instantons and fivebranes? In the paper ``Magnetic Monopoles in String Theory'' by Gauntlett, Harvey and Liu, the authors state the fivebrane ansatz of ...
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Superstrings in the 10th Dimension [closed]

Physicists say that the superstrings vibrating in the 10th dimension are what create the subatomic particles that make up our universe and all other possible universes as well. If that is true, ...
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In string theory, are strings really just one dimensional? [duplicate]

Is it possible that they are 3 dimensional? Or what if they are 10 dimensional? Is it allowed that they are more than just one dimensional?
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Dirichlet boundary conditions in space-time?

In the context of string theory, and world sheets the Dirichlet boundary conditions can be written as: $$\frac{\partial X^\mu(\tau,\sigma_1)}{\partial \tau}=0$$ where $\sigma_1$ is the value of the ...
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Dimensional reduction of SUSY theories

I know that if one reduces 10 dimensional $\mathcal{N}=1$ SYM theory to 4 dimensions one gets $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM. There are other examples also. I have two related questions regarding this fact. ...
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The Nambu-Goto action how do we know the Hamilton's principle applies?

I am reading 'A first course in string theory' by Barton Zwiebach (2ed) on page 112 he comes up (after a small derivation) the action formula: $$S=-\frac{T_0}{c} \int d\tau d \sigma \sqrt{-\gamma}.$$ ...
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Decoupling of Weyl factor in critical dimension

In his paper called "Quantum geometry of bosonic strings", A.M.Polyakov quantizes a bosonic string using path integrals over the space of all metrics on the worldsheet. A critical dimension renders $D ...
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Projective superspace: why extra bosonic coordinates

I'm studying the projective superspace formalism for N = 4 supersymmetric $\sigma$-models in two dimensions. My question is: why do we need the extra bosonic coordinates for the manifest action? I ...
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Resource for (String) Symmetry Breaking in Terms of Roots and Weights?

I'm currently searching, for quite a while now, for a paper/book that discusses symmetry breaking in terms of roots and weights. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Why does a certain covariant derivative of the stress-energy tensor vanish due to diffeomorphism invariance?

In Polchinski's string theory volume 1, at chap 1.2, after equation 1.2.22, he says $$\nabla_{a}T^{ab}=0$$ as a consequence of diffeomorphism invariance. But I cannot derive it. My derivation is ...
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator [duplicate]

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Do neutrinos refract?

The most benign of interactions is refraction. While neutrinos rarely interact with matter in a sense like the photoelectric effect, does that mean that they don't refract either?
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Effect of orbifolding on gauge fields

A paper by Lalak et al, entitled "Soliton Solutions of M-theory on an orbifold", considers the brane solutions of 11 dimensional supergravity on a space of the form $R^{10} \times S^1/\mathbb{Z}_2$. ...
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Mathematician learning theoretical physics [duplicate]

EDIT: I was aware of the supposed duplicate. But I'm interested in a clear and focused path through the basics to advanced theoretical physics such as string theory - a path that avoids studying ...
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Calculating euler number of disk [migrated]

I'm trying to do exercise 3.1 from Polchinski, which should be a rather easy differential geometry problem. I have to calculate the euler number defined by $$\chi = \frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{M}d^{2}\sigma ...
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Fourier transformation and mode expansions [duplicate]

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Open string interactions implies closed string

I am currently reading Polchinski page 81, and am not 100% clear with the explanation given regarding why any open string theory necessarily contains closed strings. It is stated, quoted from page ...
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Fourier transformation and commutators

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Is the Cauchy Horizon of Anti deSitter spacetime stable?

The Cosmic Censorship Conjecture are two mathematical conjectures about the structure of spacetime. In particular the so called Strong Cosmic Conjecture asserts heuristically that generically, ...
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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...
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Calculation of OPE in Polchinski

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Projection that keeps graviton but gets rid of B-field

We consider the closed superstring and the massless states in the (NS,NS)-sector \begin{equation} \tilde{b}^i_{-\frac{1}{2}} |0\rangle_L \otimes b^j_{-\frac{1}{2}} |0\rangle_R. \end{equation} It is ...
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D-branes in type II string theory

D-branes, as I currently understand them, are submanifolds of spacetime on which open strings can end with Dirichlet boundary conditions. On the other hand, type II string theory is a theory of ...
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Operator product expansion energy momentum tensor

We have the following equation from Polchinski (2.4.6) $$ T(z)X^{\mu}(0) \sim \frac{1}{z}\partial X^{\mu}(0) , \tag{2.4.6} $$ where $T(z)$ is defined as $T(z) = -\frac{1}{\alpha'} :\partial X^{\mu} ...
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Why are there no branes in heterotic string theory?

Why does the heterotic string (or heterotic supergravity) have no brane solutions? According to David Tong's notes: the heterotic string doesn’t have (finite energy) D-branes. This is due to an ...
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What happens to M2 and M5 brane solutions upon orbifolding?

M-theory has M2 and M5 brane solutions. Suppose M-theory is compactified on $\mathbb{R}^{10} \times S^{1}/\mathbb{Z}_2$, what happens to the M2 and M5 brane solutions? How does one define the near ...
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When can a $k$-cycle wrap around a manifold?

According to the paper ``Heterotic and Type I String Dynamics from Eleven Dimensions'' (page 7): Even when the topology is wrong -- for instance on $\mathbb{R}^{11}$ where there is no two-cycle ...
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How to find de Sitter and almost de Sitter solutions in (super)string theory

From Cosmology, we have learned that we live in an almost de Sitter (positively accelerated!) Universe. It seems that dS space solutions in superstring/theory are problematic and there are some no-go ...
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Given the extension of a NS5-brane, can we find the extension of the T-dual KK5-brane?

My question is about the relation between the Kaluza-Klein 5-brane and the NS5-brane and the effective dimensionality of the KK5 brane. To my knowledge, the KK5 is defined as the T-dual of the NS5, ...
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AdS/CFT-duality: How does the $U(1)$ decouple form the $U(N)$?

A stack of N coincident D3-branes on its world-volume describe, at the lowest order in $\alpha'$ and in absence of non-trivial background fields, a supersymmetric $U(N)$ gauge theory as explained in ...
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Polchinski, (0,0) picture vertex operator

I am currently working through chapter 12 of Polchinski and am confused as to how the equation $(12.3.39)$ for the (0,0) picture vertex operator arises. From the text: The state–operator mapping ...
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Canonical commutation relations in Light-cone gauge

It seems that when trying to identify the physical degrees of freedom for the string some authors$^1$ use: $$ q^-=\frac{1}{\ell}\int_0^{\ell} X^-(\tau,\sigma)d\sigma$$ Then, the commutation relation ...