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)

2
votes
2answers
357 views

What exactly are right movers and left movers in string theory?

In string theory , What exactly are right movers and left movers ?Are they waves propagating along the string to the right and to the left respectively ? Can some-one please show me how to derive in ...
2
votes
2answers
454 views

Has the use of the holographic principle of string theory in condensed matter physics silenced the skeptics? [closed]

It seems to me that the use of string theory in calculations of strongly-interacting matter in condensed matter physics is an example of the theory being on the right track. And then there's the ...
2
votes
5answers
501 views

Can computers survive bubble nucleations?

According to string landscape theory, our vacua with a cosmological constant of $10^{-123}$ is a metastable vacua which can decay to a supersymmetric vacua with either a zero or negative cosmological ...
2
votes
2answers
299 views

What mechanism in string theory enforces the consistency of self-couplings of massless vector bosons?

I have been reading the stackexchange questions on enhanced symmetries in string theory, the Leech lattice, monstrous moonshine, etc. , and I have a question to ask. An astute commentator pointed out ...
2
votes
2answers
88 views

Topological strings: Why is the complex structure for $T^2$ denoted as $\tau$ in string theory?

In these notes by Vafa on topological string theory he says in page 7 that the moduli of the 2-torus can be repackaged into two quantities: $$A=iR_1/R_2 \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \tau=iR_2/R_1$$ where $A$ ...
2
votes
2answers
442 views

Why does AdS/CFT with non-zero temperature correspond to a black hole in the bulk?

Is there a good intuitive explanation on why AdS/CFT with non-zero temperature corresponds to a black hole in the bulk? And what is the role of temperature and chemical potential in this black hole?
2
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
84 views

How does a gauge theory probe a spacetime singularity?

Within the framework of string theory, I have read in numerous articles such as the introduction of this this in which it is stated that the gauge theories living on a stack of D-branes can be used to ...
2
votes
2answers
125 views

Factor of two differences for free field Green's functions in conformal field theory

I have a question about the expressions for free field Green's functions in conformal field theory. It comes from three origins 1) In Polchinski's string theory volume I p36, it is given $$ ...
2
votes
1answer
407 views

Deriving entanglement entropy from Renyi entropy

My questions are based on this paper - http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.4013 Firstly I want to know as to whether some assumptions are needed about the relationship between the systems $A$ and $B$ for the ...
2
votes
1answer
204 views

Weyl symmetry and Polyakov action

I have a question in reading Polchinski's string theory volume 1. p12-p13 Given the Polyakov action $S_P[X,\gamma]= - \frac{1}{4 \pi \alpha'} \int_M d \tau d \sigma (-\gamma)^{1/2} \gamma^{ab} ...
2
votes
1answer
163 views

Background Fields in String Theory

In "String theory and M-theory" (K. Becker, M. Becker and H.Schwarz) page 81, they said that among the background fields, the fields associated with massless bosonic fields are especially significant. ...
2
votes
1answer
258 views

Stringy corrections of Einstein's vacuum field equations

From string theory, the vacuum field equations obtain correction of the order $O[\alpha'R]^n$ such that they can be written as $$ R_{\alpha\beta} -\frac{1}{2}g_{\alpha\beta}R + O[\alpha'R] = 0 $$ ...
2
votes
1answer
177 views

M-theory on a Planck scale torus

We know that 11D M-theory is described by BFSS matrix model and for M-theory on a torus $T^p$ (at least for small $p$s) the description is given by SYM theory in $p+1$ dimensions by using the ...
2
votes
1answer
297 views

“low-energy effective action” but in what sense?

In string theory, consistency with Weyl invariance imposes dynamics on the background fields through the vanishing of the beta functions. Those dynamics can also be derived from the so-called low ...
2
votes
2answers
231 views

Are the only observables in string theory the S-matrix?

Is the S-matrix the only observable in string theory? What about time varying spacetime backgrounds, or thermal states then?
2
votes
1answer
635 views

Wilson loops and gauge invariant operators (Part 1)

I guess the Hilbert space of the theory is precisely the space of all gauge invariant operators (mod equations of motion..as pointed out in the answers) Is it possible that in a gauge theory the ...
2
votes
1answer
444 views

Advantage of string theory over other theory-of-everything candidates

I am getting curious over why string theory, especially M-theory, is the most popular candidate for the theory of everything. It seems that all candidates of the theory of everything lack substantial ...
2
votes
1answer
206 views

Was there some phenomenological motivation for Ramond and Neveu-Swarz models?

This remark from Lubos puzzles me Ramond's string - and Neveu-Schwarz string - wasn't really an "origin of string theory". String theory had "origin" as bosonic string theory which has no ...
2
votes
1answer
492 views

Do Neveu-Schwarz conditions make sense?

When putting fermions on the string, we have to choose boundary conditions for our spinor fields - Ramond or Neveu-Schwarz. NS conditions on the closed string have antiperiodic conditions such as ...
2
votes
1answer
634 views

What is the mathematical nature of space time quantization in string theory/super string theory?

I don't know much about string theory, apart from it being a theory of everything which brings QM, QED and nuclear forces and gravity under one single roof. I am curious to know from a mathematical ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Different OPE channels in bootstrap

Can someone quickly explain what exactly are those different channels (namely s,t,u) in OPE expansions frequently used in conformal bootstrap. Explanation with a simple example will be really helpful. ...
2
votes
2answers
97 views

Orbifold with discrete torsion

I'm trying to understand some of the early works of Vafa and Witten [1-3]. The way I look at orbifolds is they are the quotient space $M/G$. This is simply a quotient manifold when the action of $G$ ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing?

Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing? Reading Hawking, he uses 11D Supergravity and M-Theory interchangeably. ...
2
votes
1answer
297 views

What is a ghost number?

I am currently studying CFT chapter of Becker,Becker,Schwarz and am trying to understand what the ghost number is in BRST Quantization. From what I gather BRST Quantization is used to add an extra ...
2
votes
1answer
881 views

Could M-Theory explain dark matter as well as dark energy?

Is it possible that M-Theory provides a solution to the mystery of dark matter and dark energy? The idea of dark matter and dark energy is that there is some inexplicable source affecting our ...
2
votes
1answer
228 views

What is the motivation behind the GSO projection in superstring theory?

I do agree that the GSO "works", making the number of degrees of freedom match on the bosonic and fermionic side and that it sweeps away the problematic tachyon. However it is very artificial, it ...
2
votes
1answer
604 views

Philosophical Interpretation of String Theory [closed]

I want to know whether string theory is supposed to describe the world exactly, or whether it's just an approximation of some more fundamental theory. Is it similar to how the wave-equation ...
2
votes
1answer
161 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

What is the role of Mandelstam variables in strings theory

What is the role of Mandelstam variables in strings theory? What is relationship between Mandelstam variables and Veneziano amplitude?
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Local fermionic symmetry and GS action

I have a trouble understanding an argument which I think has a simple answer but I am not getting it. The question is that if you don't impose local fermionic symmetry the GS action has only one term ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

Number of zero-modes on the sphere

Is it true that a field of conformal dimension $h$ (integer or half integer) has $1-2h$ zero-modes on the sphere, if $1-2h \geq0$. This seems to be right for different ghost fields : $c$ has ...
2
votes
1answer
185 views

Hyperkahler manifolds and their use in theoretical physics

Just as the title says: What is the easiest definition of a Hyperkahler Manifold? Could you give some examples of Hyperkahler manifolds, and manifolds which fail to be hyperkahler? Why are such ...
2
votes
1answer
136 views

How do I show the existence of a conserved ghost number with BRST in bosonic string theory?

I have three questions about the BRST symmetry in Polchinski's string theory vol I p. 126-127, which happen together Given a path integral $$ \int [ d\phi_i dB_A db_A d c^{\alpha}] ...
2
votes
1answer
118 views

A question related to “old covariant quantization” of string theory

I have a question about "old covariant quantization" in Polchinski's string theory p. 123. It is said The only nontrivial condition at this level is $(L_0^{\rm m} + A) | \psi \rangle =0 $, ...
2
votes
1answer
189 views

About the conserved charge for the ghost number current in $bc$ conformal field theory

(skip disclaimer) I have a question about the conserved charge for the ghost number current in $bc$ conformal field theory in Polchinski's string theory p62. It is said For the ghost number ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

Anticommuting relation in $bc$ CFT

(skip disclaimer) I have a question about conformal field theory in Polchinski's string theory vol 1 p. 61. Given anticommuting fields $b$ and $c$ and the Laurent expansions $$ b(z) = ...
2
votes
1answer
314 views

How to derive Eq. (2.1.24) in Polchinski's string theory book

Excuse me, I got one more stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book :( $$\partial \bar{\partial} \ln |z|^2 = 2 \pi \delta^2 (z,\bar{z}) (1) $$ I shall check this equation by integrating both ...
2
votes
1answer
174 views

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}}} ...
2
votes
1answer
140 views

Strings on a curved spacetime

Suppose we are interested in in string on a specific metric G, is it necessary to include a Dilaton field on back ground in order to preserve the Weyl invariance? suppose the spacetime is not empty, ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Constraints on open strings absent at the perturbative level

Studying Disappearance of moduli for condensate of open strings and Negative open string norms after BRST cohomology? gave me a huge huge shock! Suppose we have N completely wrapped Dp-branes over a ...
2
votes
1answer
162 views

How exactly are the different motions of only one kind of fundamental string assumed to give rise to the spectrum of elementary particles we observe?

In string theory, it is assumed that all particles can be described as quanta corresponding to the excitations of only one kind of fundamental string. How can in principle the different motion ...
2
votes
2answers
451 views

Black hole entropy

Bekenstein and Hawking derived the expression for black hole entropy as, $$ S_{BH}={c^3 A\over 4 G \hbar}. $$ We know from the hindsight that entropy has statistical interpretation. It is a measure ...
2
votes
1answer
441 views

Pedagogic reference for calculation of 2-loop anomalous dimension (supersymmetric)

I want to know of pedagogic references which teach how to compute anomalous dimensions (..wave-function renormalization..) at lets say 2-loops. I guess there might be specialized techniques for ...
2
votes
2answers
782 views

M-theory no lagrangian?

Is there any formulated lagrangian (density) for M-theory? If not, why is there no lagrangian? If not, is this related to many vacua existing? Thnx.
2
votes
1answer
582 views

General Relativity - Einstein field equation and quantum field theory

Einstein field equation has many solutions. Out of them, is there any solution that is incompatible with quantum field theory? Also, what solutions of Einstein field equation would be incompatible ...
2
votes
1answer
460 views

M-theory and many-worlds interpretation

I am getting some confusion on whether M-theory accepts many-worlds interpretation. Can anyone show me the reasons or rebuttals for the possibility of the many-worlds interpretation in M-theory? ...
2
votes
1answer
423 views

With estimates of mass constraints on magnetic monopoles, how likely is one to be found by the LHC(MoEDAL)?

Fermilab seems to have ruled out monopoles with mass less than 850 GeV, but I have seen some estimates of the mass thought to be in the order of up to $10^{18}$ GeV, which, of course, would make them ...
2
votes
1answer
256 views

Strings with negative pressure

This question is inspired by the following comment: the strings in string theory are relativistic and on a large enough piece of world sheet, the internal SO(1,1) Lorentz symmetry is preserved. ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

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: $$<\partial_z \partial_{\bar{z}} ...