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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Canonical partner of time in QFT and string theory

In analytical mechanics, the Hamiltonian or total energy becomes the conjugate momentum of the time in the symmetric form of the equations. This seems very strange and interesting to me. Does it have ...
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Differential Operators in Polyakov Action

What do the differential operators in the Polyakov action mean? How does one derive the Polyakov action and treat the differential operators?
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Ghosts on Torus worldsheet

Why after the expansion, only 0-mode of bc-ghost contributes to the 4-points ghost function on a torus worldsheet? $$<c(z_1)b(z_2)\tilde{c}(\bar{z}_3)\tilde{b}(\bar{z}_4)>_{T^2} ...
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Defining Euclidean global AdS

How does one see that that the Euclidean AdS is the same as the hyperbolic space at the same dimension ie $EAdS_n = \mathbb{H}_n = SO_0(n,1)/SO(n)$? Or is this to be seen as the definition of ...
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How to see timelike excitation has a negative norm from the “old covariant quantization”

I have a question in reading Polchinski's string theory vol I p 123, about the "old covariant quantization". It is said ... $\langle 0;k | 0; k' \rangle = ( 2\pi)^D \delta^D (k-k') \tag{4.1.15}$ ...
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Compute the central charge of $bc$ conformal field theory

I have a s****d question, how to calculate the central charge of $bc$ conformal-field theory in Polchinski's string theory, Eq. (2.5.12)? For a $bc$ CFT given by $$S=\frac{1}{2\pi } \int d^2 z \,\,b ...
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T duality under a small fluctuation of the compact dimension

How do small perturbations around the compact dimension affect T duality. What happens if I chose a compactification of the nature $r+\delta r$. And what keeps the compact dimension stable, i.e from ...
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About higher spin gauge theory

I'm going to listen to a talk about Vasiliev's higher spin gauge theory. Before that I want to know more about the background.This is an introduction. Could anybody give a more detailed introduction ...
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Would someone who is only interested in string theory benefit from working out the problems in Jackson electrodynamics?

This is a soft question. I'm not sure if it is appropriate for this site. Would someone who is only interested in string theory benefit from working out the problems in Jackson electrodynamics? I ...
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Laws of gravity for a universe that only consists of two objects?

So, we know that when two objects of normal matter get away from each other, the gravitational pull they feel from each other, decreases. I wanted to see how that would work. And in my ...
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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.
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How can particles being closed strings in String Theory create solidity in objects?

I understand how particles with certain masses can form to make atoms, which create solidity in objects due to Pauli's Exclusion Principle and what have you. These particles actually have mass and to ...
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Can anyone clarify Brian Greene's relation of holographic parallel universes with Plato's cave/

The string theorist Brian Greene recently came up with the book The Hidden Realities. In Chapter 9, and also in the article http://discovermagazine.com/2011/jun/03-our-universe-may-be-a-giant-hologram ...
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The chiral ring of N=2 WZW models

Does anyone knows if the chiral ring of the Kazama-Suzuki models have been found? If yes, please send me the reference. Thanks
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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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String Theory and Fourier Analysis [closed]

Me and my friend, both many years from learning string theory, had a recent debate about it anyway. He said he already partially discounts it because after learning waves, he believes any function, ...
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If QFT is a sum over 1-D topologies and String Theory over 2-D topologies, what is the corresponding theory for N-D topologies?

My understanding is that perturbative QFT can essentially be described as a weighted sum over 1-D topologies (ie Feynman graphs), and String theory is essentially the generalization to a sum over 2-D ...
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Road to String Theory [duplicate]

I have a question for our theoretic SuperUsers. How much knowledge and which fields of physics you have to know to start studying string theory? I am now on QFT, after I think I'll start study ...
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Does Joseph Polchinski win the FPP ``Physics Frontiers Prize'' twice (2013 and 2014)? Why? [closed]

Recently I have been confused by the fact that: Joseph Polchinski's name appear in FFP Physics Frontiers Prize 2013 here: https://fundamentalphysicsprize.org/laureates6 ``Joseph Polchinski for his ...
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Critical radius in heterotic string theory

If I have understood the basics of heterotic strings correctly, one requires a critical radius of compactified dimension to reconcile the apparent difference in spacetime dimension of left and right ...
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A question of BRST symmetry of bosonic string theory

This question relates to this post I tried to verify Eq. (4.2.7) in Polchinski's string theory book vol I p. 127 but I miserably miss a sign $$ \delta_B (b_A F^A) = i \epsilon (S_2 + S_3) ...
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Vertex operator for closed string tachyon

The problem related to this post, but my question is even more elementary. In p 101 of Polchinski's string theory vol I, it is stated Using the state-operator mapping, the vertex operator for the ...
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A question about Poincare invariance of Polyakov action

I have a question the variation of the Polyakov action, related to this Phys.SE post. For Polyakov action $$ S_p[X,\gamma]=-\frac{1}{4 \pi \alpha'} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} d \tau \int_0^l d \sigma ...
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How to derive Eq. (2.4.23) in Polchinski's string theory book

Given the Operator Product Expansion (OPE) of a product of the energy momentum tensors $$T(z)T(0) = \frac{ \eta^{\mu}_{\mu} }{2z^4} - \frac{2}{\alpha' z^2} :\partial X^{\mu} \partial X_{\mu}(0): + ...
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Type I' String theory as M-theory compactified on a line segment?

I was considering the S-dual of the Type I' String theory (the solitonic Type I string theory). That is the same as the S-dual of the T-Dual of Type I String theory. Then, that means both length ...
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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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Learning more about String theory [duplicate]

I know the concept behind String Theory. But I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to start learning more about the theoretical physics behind it? Maybe a book someone can recommend to me! I ...
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What is unification, unified interactions, or dualities between interactions?

Scientists succeeded in unifying EM with the weak force, then with the strong force to achieve the standard model. They then studied supersymmetry and GUTs that showed improved gauge coupling ...
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Superspace Uncertainty Principle

Do the "operator for translations in superspace" and the "position in superspace operator" follow an uncertainty principle? How "real" is superspace? Aside from being weird (and possibly just a ...
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$2+1$ dimensional physics theory of our universe?

Is there any physics theory that depicts our universe as $2+1$ dimensional? I heard that black holes seem to suggest that the world might be $2+1$ dimensional, so I am curious whether such theory ...
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Quantum of Time

I am not a String Theorist, but I just want to ask if there is anything which specifies a quantum of time, as per M-theory? Can a quantity such as $$ t_p = \left(\frac{\ell_p}{c}\right),$$ where ...
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D-branes wrapping divisors and/or cycles

What is the difference between a divisor and a homology cycle? What is the difference between a D-brane wrapped around a divisor and a D-brane wrapped around a cycle? Thanks.
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Inflation and string theory in general relativity

How can we relate inflation and string theory? We study some inflationary cosmological model or some string cosmological model under some specific assumptions or conditions. Is their any relation or ...
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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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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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Is any one compact dimension for one particle the same as for another particle?

In the 3+1 dimensions of everyday life and GR particles can share the same extended dimensions. Probably all particles share the same 3+1 dimensions. In string theory compact dimensions seem to be ...
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Pre-gauge-fixed superspace action of the RNS superstring

When writing down the the action of the RNS superstring in superspace, all of the sources I have checked (BBS, GSW, Polchinski) seem to just write down the action in conformal gauge, that is $$ ...
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If gravity doesn't exist,what are the implications? [duplicate]

I just heard about new theories proposed by Erik Verlinde about the fact that Gravity doesn't exist..or at least it's not a foundamental force. My question is : if this is true what are the ...
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How does one extract the universal part of entanglement entropy?

I want to know how equation 2.11 (page 9) follows from 2.10 (page 8) in this paper. The two references mentioned just before 2.11 also seem to skip this crucial step. Unless I am missing something ...
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A question about the Weyl transformation for the vertex operator of the closed-string tachyon

I met a problem of derving the Weyl transformation on the closed-string tachyon, Eq. (3.6.8) in Polchinski's string theory, vol 1, p 103. Given the vertax operator of the closed-string tachyon ...
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A question about variation of metric under Weyl and coordinate transformations

I have a question about deriving variation of metric under Weyl and coordinate transformations in Polchinski's string theory (3.3.16). Under transformation $$\zeta: g \rightarrow g^{\zeta}, \,\,\, ...
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Identify the weight of operator under conformal transformation

I have a stupid (homework tag may be suitable =_=) question about the problem 2.7 in Polchinski's string theory volume 1. Why the weight of operator $:e^{ik\cdot X}:$ is $(\frac{\alpha'k^2}{4}, ...
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Super High Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation - String Theory

I am a serious high school student with one year of physics class experience, so please point out if there are any flaws in my question or reasoning. Thanks! Gamma ray radiation possesses a ...
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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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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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Topology for physicists [duplicate]

Which are the best introductory books for topology, algebraic geometry, manifolds etc, needed for string theory?
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Unified field theory in layman's terms

I watched some videos on the unified field theory, specifically interviews with Michio Kaku and John Hagelin, and want to learn a bit more about it. I looked up the theory of everything, string theory ...
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Are the sound waves from fundamental strings impossible to interact with?

Edited the question thanks to some helpful commenters. Are the sound waves emitted by fundamental strings so small as to be impossible to interact with the world? In other words, do they disappear, ...
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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 ...