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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (7)

12
votes
9answers
3k views

Why are extra dimensions necessary?

Some theories have more than 4 dimensions of spacetime. But we only observe 4 spacetime dimensions in the real world, cf. e.g. this Phys.SE post. Why are the theories (e.g. string theory) that ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Why does string theory require 9 dimensions of space and one dimension of time?

String theorists say that there are many more dimensions out there, but they are too small to be detected. However, I do not understand why there are ten dimensions and not just any other number? ...
4
votes
1answer
68 views

How GR, QFT, or string theory address the one-directional feature of time?

It seems to me today's theoretical relativistic physics treat time and space on equal footing, with manifold diffeomorphism structure decoded in metric. However an obvious difference is that time is ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

Spacetime states of the NSR string, from worldsheet states?

Consider the spectrum of the open NSR string in the Ramond sector. The ground state is fermionic since the Fourier coefficients of the oscillators satisfy a Clifford algebra. We can construct ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

How to make a string theory without gravity?

Is there a way to take a string theory, and produce from it a string theory which does not contain gravity? I.e., effectively remove the graviton and it's states from the theory.
0
votes
1answer
90 views

$SO(p,1)$ transformation on black p-branes [on hold]

I'm working on Blackfolds at the moment and I'm trying to boost-rotate( $SO(1,p)$ ) the p-brane $$ds^2=ds^2_{Sch}+\sum_{i=1}^p dz_i^2$$ Where $ds^2_{Sch}$ is the Schwarzschild metric in $N$ ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

Elliptic genus; What is it within string/M-theory?

What is the elliptic genus (see also Witten index) in string/M-theory and (susy gauge)field theory constructions out of them? What does it tell us heuristically and what is its relation to the ...
8
votes
0answers
230 views

Which values of the Riemann zeta funtion at negative arguments come up in physics?

For my bachelor's thesis, I am investigating Divergent Series. Apart from the mathematical theory behind them (which I find fascinating), I am also interested in their applications in physics. ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

Constructing dual gravity theory from general CFT

AdS/CFT is a little over my head at the moment, particularly the AdS side but I'll ask anyway. Has there been any work done on starting with a mathematically rigorous conformal field theory defined ...
0
votes
3answers
130 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
33 views

Will the new LHC data falsify some theories? [closed]

There are plenty of extensions of the Standard Model, that all agree until the energy scales that have already been explored, but will differ at the new energy range of 14 TeV. This means the data ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Do cosmic strings or global monopoles interact with magnetic field?

Does anyone know any phenomenon that shows the interaction between cosmic strings or global monopoles with magnetic field? I looked for that in Vilenkin and Shellard's book but, as I'm not a ...
3
votes
3answers
467 views

How to imagine higher dimensions?

In the link below Carl Sagan described about higher dimension: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnURElCzGc0 and here's a description of Brian Greene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v95WjxpMIQg Carl ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

Closed strings = open ones attached to a D0-brane?

I decided recently (to try) to learn String Theory, however from the beginning some newbie questions came up, which haven't given me a break. For this reason, I decided to ask some of them. I'd prefer ...
0
votes
2answers
144 views

why does string theory require holography?

string theory solve the high energy gravity problem by making it mushier: Warped Passages - 14 - String Theory’s Origins Strings—unlike quarks—have no hard scattering processes. They have ...
6
votes
2answers
281 views

Seiberg-Witten theory and Superconductivity

There seems to have some (deep) relation between Seiberg-Witten theory and superconductivity. e.g. this Witten paper. Q: Could someone introduce the relations between the twos both physically in ...
12
votes
2answers
667 views

Why can the Euler beta function be interpreted as a scattering amplitude?

The Wikipedia article on the Veneziano Amplitude claims that the Euler beta function can be interpretted as a scattering amplitude. Why is this? In another word, when the Euler beta function is ...
-1
votes
0answers
29 views

What kind of rotations are described by octonions in string theory?

Quaternions are known to be a nice alternative for rotations in 3d. How about octonions? Is this division algebra just like quaternions a nice alternative to present rotations in 8d? What kind of ...
7
votes
1answer
166 views

Cluster decomposition in string theory

Do amplitudes and correlation functions in string theory satisfy the cluster decomposition principle? Note added: Even without local observables such as correlation functions, one can define the ...
4
votes
2answers
189 views

Why does the non-linearity of the string action prohibit stretching due to strong excitations?

From 't Hooft's String Theory lecture notes on page 8 (paraphrased): To understand hadronic particles as excited states of strings, we have to study the dynamical properties of these strings, and ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

Singleton representations of $SO(2, d)$?

What is meant by "singleton" representations of $SO(2, d)$ and 'small representations' in Witten's paper, Anti de Sitter Space and Holography?
0
votes
0answers
35 views

From String Frame to Einstein Frame for 10D supergravity

This question is related to but not answered in the post String frame and Einstein frame for a Dp-brane, so it should be treated as a separate question. Beginning with the gravity action $$S = ...
2
votes
1answer
72 views

Proper way to quantize the string in the light-cone gauge

In many books like Polchinski and Green-Schwarz-Witten the light cone quantization is carried out in a fast way. They just use the virasoro constraint in the light-cone gauge to get the ligh-cone ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Low-energy “effective measure” from superstrings?

There is obviously a gap in my knowledge of the origin of effective actions in string theory. As far as I understand it, the strategy is straightforward (at least in principle): Write down the ...
2
votes
0answers
30 views

Meaning of the Coulomb and Higgs branch for non-Lagrangian theories?

What is the meaning of the Coulomb and Higgs branch for non-Lagrangian theories like the $T_N$ theories that arise as 5-brane webs and correspond to CY 3-folds in M-theory? This is related to an older ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

What physical effects cause materialization of a system of particles for a short time?

It is well-known from physics that a photon with enough energy creates a pair of particles: one electron and one positron. This pair of particles can only exist for a short time. This process is ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Curvature of Weyl-rescaled metric from curvature of original metric

I'm trying to go from the low-energy effective action in the string-frame to the corresponding action in the Einstein frame. The action in the string frame has the form $$S = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^7 ...
1
vote
2answers
83 views

What does the “T” stand for in T-duality?

First of all, I am not a physicist. I'm a graduate math student and recently I came across the concept of T-duality. Actually I'm studying generalized complex geometry, which according to this paper ...
4
votes
2answers
121 views

$D$-brane and 5th dimensions

While I was looking up the 5th dimension of the Randall-Sandram model, I have wondered whether Kaluza Klein theory can be applied to the $D$-brane or $p$-brane. Can the $D$-brane and $p$-brane ...
1
vote
1answer
119 views

Calculus of variations and string theory

In Polchinski's String theory book, Vol 1., in chapter 1, p. 18, he is deriving the Lagrangian in the light cone gauge (that's not necessary to know in order to answer this question), and he gets ...
-2
votes
0answers
61 views

1 + 2 + 3 … = -1/12 appears in bosonic string theory. Is this regularization method also used in superstring theories?

I found two previous posts on this, but no specific answer to my question. How does the sum of the series “1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6…” to infinity = “-1/12”? What areas of physics depend on the sum $1 + ...
9
votes
1answer
156 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Why is the torus important for compactification in string theory? (aka much ado about the torus)

Why is the torus important in string theory and supergravity? To be specific, why does one care about something like compactification of Type IIB or IIA supergravity on a torus $T^5$, as opposed to ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Basic question about curved and flat indices, and the Dirac matrices on $S^5$

In discussing the Kaluza-Klein formalism for Type IIB Supergravity on $S^5$, or the AdS5xS5 compactification, one requires Killing spinors on $S^5$. I read that the Dirac matrices on $S^5$ satisfy ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Why is the universe 3D if the holographic principle says it's encoded in a its surface?

The way I understand the holographic principle is that everything in a 3D space can be thought of as living on the 2D boundary of that space. If that is the case, why does everything in the universe ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

What does it mean to “uplift” a supergravity solution to higher dimensions?

What does it mean to "uplift" a supergravity solution to higher dimensions? This is a common term used in the literature but I cannot understand it. A very common example is "uplifting d-dimensional ...
3
votes
2answers
95 views

Idea behind Compactified Boson

On p. 167 of his Conformal Field Theory, Di Francesco introduces "Compactified Boson". He says: The invariance of the free-boson Lagrangian [...] with respect to translations $\varphi(x) ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
116 views

Does String Theory Predict more than Four Forces?

String theory literature tells us that ST predicts the four forces: weak, strong, EM, and gravity. What it fails to tell us is if that's all the forces it predicts. Might there be a fifth force that ...
1
vote
0answers
26 views

The low dimensional end of the brane scan

Common wisdom says that only the top dimensional part of the brane scan of Green-Schwarz super p-brane sigma models is quantum consistent (the critical strings and the M-branes). But by the results in ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Relation between quarks and strings

In string theory(s), are quarks just individual strings, or are they made of multiple strings? Are the heavier quarks made of heavier or longer strings? Are there red, blue, and green strings ...
1
vote
1answer
118 views

OPE of fermionic field bosonization in string theory, in Polchinski 10.3.12

In Polchinski's String Theory Vol. 2, equations 10.3.12 are $$e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(-z)}~=~\frac{1}{2z}+i\partial H(0)+2zT_B^H(0)+O(z^2)\tag{10.3.12a}$$ ...
6
votes
2answers
806 views

On black holes, Hawking radiation and gravitational atoms

Over the past hour or so I've been following one of my standard physics-based, wanders-through-the-internet. Specifically, I began by reviewing some details of dark energy theory but soon found myself ...
1
vote
0answers
55 views

How does the sum of natural numbers arise in the derivation of critical string dimensions?

In the standard treatment of bosonic string theory the “heuristic” argument for the critical dimension goes as follows (see Ref. 1-4). Upon quantization the mass-squared operator becomes normal ...
3
votes
1answer
63 views

Type IIB string theory is chiral. Do there exist non-chiral II SUGRA theories?

Type IIB string theory is chiral. Do there exist non-chiral $\mathcal{N}=2$ II SUGRA theories? The answer is apparently yes. Additionally how do we understand the fact that Type IIB SUGRA is chiral ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

What is meant by the following divergent formula?

I have encountered the following formula a couple of times (in different physics contexts which I do not have a good understanding of) $$\int_{0}^\infty \frac{dt}{t}e^{-tx}=-\log x$$ Formally one ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Electric charge in string theory

The mass of an elementary particle in string theory is related with the way the string vibrates. The more frantically a string vibrates the more energy it posses and hence the more massive it is. My ...
8
votes
1answer
426 views

Mathematically rather than physically speaking, is there something “special” about 10 (or 11) dimensions?

As I understand it, string theory (incorporating bosons and fermions) "works" in $9+1=10$ spacetime dimensions. In the context of dual resonance theory, I've read descriptions of why that is ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

Why are right hand neutrinos unaffected by all forces except gravity

I'm curious as to something I read on Berkeley's website. Does anyone happen to know why, according to this model,right hand neutrinos are unaffected by all forces except gravity? (Model taken from ...