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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Proof of S-duality between Type IIB, IIB and Type HO, I string theories

About every source on string theory I've read which do mention S-duality state that: $$\begin{array}{l} \operatorname S:\operatorname{IIB} \leftrightarrow \operatorname{IIB}\\ \operatorname ...
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T-Duality between Type HE String theory and Type HO string theory

My question is regarding T-Duality between the 2 Type H string theories. I know that the Type II String theories are T-dual to each other because T-Duality changes the sign of the Gamma Matrix so ...
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Question on Type HO/HE string theory

The Heterotic string state is a tensoring of the bosonic string left-moving state and the Type II string right-moving state. Therefore, I expect the spectrum to be: $$\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} \hline ...
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How can string theory work without supersymmetry?

This question is inspired from reading Mitchell Porter's nice answer here to a question asking why supersymmetry should be expected naturally. Among other things, he explains that since weak scale ...
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Question on the Hagedorn tower in Type I string theory

In a previous question (Mass spectrum of Type I string theory), I had asked about the mass spectrum of Type I string theory. I got a response saying that it is a Hagedorn tower. However, my source ...
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Flavour diagonal SUSY breaking

Because there is a single Yukawa matrix for the SM leptons, the lepton mass and flavour states can be aligned, by diagonalization, even if the Yukawa matrix had off-diagonal elements. SUSY breaking, ...
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Gauging discrete symmetries

I read somewhere what performing an orbifolding (i.e. imposing a discrete symmetry on what would otherwise be a compactification torus) is equivalent to "gauging the discrete symmetry". Can anybody ...
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About deriving the multi-trace index in terms of the single-trace index

This question is in reference to this paper Combining their equations 5.2, 5.3, 5.6 and 5.7 one seems to be looking at the integral/partition function, $Z(x) = \prod_{n=1}^{n =\infty}\left [ \int ...
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Mass spectrum of Type I string theory

I understand that the massless fields of the Type I string theory are the described by: [\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} {{\rm{Sector}}}&{{\rm{Massless fields}}}\\ {{\rm{R - R}}}&{{C_0}}\\ {{\rm{NS - ...
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Spectra of the Type II String theories

The spectrum of the Type II string theory (both IIA and IIB) is given by: \begin{array}{*{20}{c}} \hline & {{\text{Sector}}}& & {{\text{Spectrum}}}& & {{\text{Massless Fields}}} ...
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How do I find constraints on the Nambu-Goto Action?

Let $X^\mu (t,\sigma ^1,\ldots ,\sigma ^p)$ be a $p$-brane in space-time and let $g$ be the metric on $X^\mu$ induced from the ambient space-time metric. Then, the Nambu-Goto action on $X^\mu$ is ...
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Construction of the supergravity side explicitly in gauge/gravity dualities

Although the motivation of this question comes from the AdS/CFT correspondence, it actually is related to a more general principle of gauge/gravity duality. We know from Maldacena's conjecture that a ...
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Holonomy twisting

There is Witten's topological twist of standard SUSY QFTs with enough SUSY into Witten-type TQFTs. What is a holonomy twist?
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Critical dimension in quantization of p-branes

So I have what might be a fairly basic question, but my understanding that in the quantization of the the string, or the 1-brane, there are conditions on the number of spacetime dimensions to ensure ...
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Where does quantum mechanics come from? [closed]

Where does quantum mechanics come from? If string theory is proved to be the correct quantum theory of gravity but it failed to explain where quantum mechanics came from can we still consider it a ...
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Is there a critical order of the Abelian gauge theory in (2+1)D

In (2+1)D spacetime, it is known that the $U(1)$ gauge theory is always confined (according to Polyakov), while the $\mathbb{Z}_2$ gauge theory can support a deconfined phase. Now consider a generic ...
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``integrated vertex operators" in 1-loop open/closed bosonic string amplitude

This question is in reference to the first ~15 minutes of this String Theory lecture by Prof.Shiraz Minwalla, http://theory.tifr.res.in/Videos/strings28_24sep08.mp4 Can one give a reference ...
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A three string tree diagram evaluated in CFT is different from string field theory evaluation

Hi Guys generally when you evaluate the 3 open string tachyon tree level amplitude in CFT, you do a conformal transformation mapping the worldsheet to the upper half of the complex plane and the ...
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AdS/RCFT examples?

RCFT's (rational conformal field theories) in two dimension are very well-studied, but it seems that there is no any gravity dual of such theories has been found. Is there example of the holographic ...
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Standard Quantum Mechanics representation as a constrained 2 + 1 space-time (membrane) theory?

Could a particular Standard Quantum Mechanics representation be a constrained 2 + 1 space-time theory (membrane theory) ? (i) This question is motivated by a possible (approximative) analogy with ...
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Supersymmetry and non-compact $R$-symmetry group?

The $R$-symmetry for $N$ supercharges is $U(N)$. Is it possible to generalize $R$-symmetry [let's take $U(4)$) to be something like $U(2,2)$ (maybe analogous to Wick rotation of $SO(3,1)$ to ...
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Question about charge conservation at vertices of web diagram

My question is about web diagram in paper of Aganagic et al. How to get the $\alpha-\beta$ line rather than $-\alpha+\beta$ line of rightmost diagram of fig.3? More precisely, how to show the charge ...
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Fundamental equation(s) of string theory?

I often hear about string theory and its complicated mathematical structure as a physical theory, but I can't say that I've ever actually seen any of the related math. In general, I'm curious as to ...
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Can the laws of quantum mechanics be derived from a more fundamental theory? [closed]

String theory takes quantum mechanics and tries to make it compatible with gravity. If it turns out to be a theory of everything then would it explain why our world is described by the laws of quantum ...
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Energy Functional

I am a graduate student in pure mathematics, during my study on Ricci Flow I faced some functional known as energy functional. For example Einstein-Hilbert functional is called an energy functional, ...
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Introductory examples of AdS/CFT duality

I would like to know, what are the simplest/starting/basic examples that are typically used to introduce students to how AdS/CFT really works? (not the MAGOO paper, as I am not sure it has concrete ...
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Is “Witten's Dog” from a Futurama episode an actual physics concept? [closed]

In an old episode ("Mars University") of Futurama which is a TV show, a character named Professor Farnsworth was trying to lecture "Superdupersymmetric String Theory" and "Witten's Dog" to some ...
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Why does in string theory the amount of supersymmetry have to be $\cal{N} \leq 2 $?

Why is this, that in string theory the maximum amount of supersymmetry is $\cal{N} = 2$, whereas in supergravity one can have up to $\cal{N} = 8$ ?
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What is kappa symmetry?

On page 180 David McMohan explains that to obtain a (spacetime) supersymmetric action for a GS superstring one has to add to the bosonic part $$ S_B = -\frac{1}{2\pi}\int d^2 \sigma ...
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Vector and Spinor Representation in Ramond-Neveu-Schwarz Superstring Theory

I am learning Ramnond-Neveu-Schwarz Superstring theory (RNS theory). I often find the following notation, especially in the closed string spectrum etc.: $$\mathbf{8}_s,\mathbf{8}_v $$ And it is ...
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Is it believed that all UV completions have “Maldacena duals”?

I have heard occasional rumors that effective field theories have gravity duals. For example, I've been told that UV momentum cutoffs in N=4 SYM become finite radii in AdS. I've heard speculations ...
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Are the $10^{500}$ different string theories being whittled down?

An example of a test: Ask each variant whether its estimate of the electron mass lies within $\pm\,x\%$ of the known value. This surely can't take long per theory. Although $10^{500}$ is huge, ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG (2)

This question is related to the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.5221 and is a continuation of the previous question Symmetries in Wilsonian RG In the liked paper why do the equalities in equation ...
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Derivation of KLT relations

The KLT relations (Kawai, Lewellen, Tye) relate a closed string amplitude to a product of open ones. While I get the physics behind this I don't really understand the derivation in the original paper ...
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Light Front Dynamics and Infinite Momentum Frame

What is the the relationship between Light Front Dynamics (One of the forms of dynamics pioneered by Dirac), and the infinite momentum frame? In the literature, it is claimed that the two are very ...
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Can the fuzzball conjecture be applied to microscopically explain the entropy of a region beyond the gravitational observer horizon?

In this article discussing this and related papers, it is explained among other things, how the neighborhood of an observer's worldline can be approximated by a region of Minkowsky spacetime. If I ...
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Divergent sum in lightcone quantization of bosonic string theory

I had the following question regarding lightcone quantization of bosonic strings - The normal ordering requirement of quantization gives us this infinite sum $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n$. This is regularized ...
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Virasoro TT OPE in Polchinski's book

I'm trying to understand eq. 2.2.11 in Polchinski's first book. He's computing $$:\partial X^\mu(z)\partial X_\mu(z): :\partial' X^\nu(z')\partial' X_\nu(z'):$$ Now, I understand why this ...
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S-Wave for minimally coupled scalar field

This question is in reference to the paper here (Equation 3).The extremal 3-brane metic in $D=10$ can be written as: \begin{equation*} ds^2 = A^{-1/2}(-dt^2 +dx_1^2 +dx^2+ dx^3) + A^{1/2}(dr^2 +r^2 ...
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How to understand worldsheet fermion as a section?

I am reading Witten's paper on topological string, and I found some mathematical notation is hard to understand for me. Consider the nonlinear sigma model in 2 dimensions governed by maps $\Phi : ...
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What's the significance of large-scale anomalies in CMB

What's the significance of large-scale anomalies in CMB that are confirmed by Planck? I've read somewhere that the cold spots can provide support for string theory or it may be due to a parallel ...
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Does String Theory explain spin?

The state of a particle will generally change if you rotate it. The details of how the state changes under an infinitesimal rotation are contained in the angular momentum operator J. This operator can ...
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What are the conserved charges related to the Virasoro generators?

I have just learned from reconsidering my demystified book, that when conformally maping the worldsheet of a closed string to the complex plain by using the transformation $z = e^{\tau + i\sigma}$ ...
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Strings and QFT: particles moving backward in time?

New question: In string theory and QFT, do particles travel back in time? Not related to antimatter: Do they travel back and forth in time in reality or are these just interpretations of mathematical ...
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Does the ensemble of effective Lagrangians in the String theory landscape mostly include gauge theories?

String theory false vacua can be described by effective Lagrangians at low energy. Is there generally a correspondence between these effective Lagrangians and SU(N) gauge theories? Or do the effective ...
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About Vanishing of BRST commutator in path integral

In Witten's paper Topological Quantum Field Theory, about formula (3.2), the property $<\{Q,\mathcal{O}\}>=0$ depends on the assertion that $Z_{\varepsilon}(\mathcal{O})= \int \mathcal{D}X ...
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String theory - OPE and primary operators

First, a disclaimer: I am new to Physics SE, and I am primarily a mathematician, not a physicist. I apologise in advance for the possibly poor quality of the question, any and thank you for your ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG

I wanted to know if there is a theorem that in writing a Lagrangian if one missed out a term which preserves the (Lie?) symmetry of the other terms and is also marginal then that will necessarily be ...
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Current operators for compactified CFTs

Intuitively I feel that if you compactified open bosonic strings on a product of $n$ circles such that each radius is fine-tuned to the self-dual point then the CFT of these $n$ world-sheet fields ...
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Are string theories gauge theories?

The wikipedia page for String Theory lists SO(32) and E8×E8 as group symmetries of some of the string theory types, and the page on E8 says: E8×E8 is the gauge group of one of the two types of ...