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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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Can Loop Quantum Gravity connect in any way with string theory?

The one difficulty I see with LQG is that it requires an enormous number of degrees of freedom, e.g. these spin variables in the net. This is in contrast to stringy holographic theory where the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is background independence and how important is it?

What is background independence and how important is it? In order to be a theory of everything, will the final string-theory/m-theory have to be background independent? Does the current lack of ...
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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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What is $\mathcal{N}=2$ QED?

I would like to know is $\mathcal{N}=2$ QED is simply a $\mathcal{N}=2$ theory with gauge group $U(1)$ like in normal QED? If not, exactly what theory is it? Is there some reference for it?
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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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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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Geometric/Visual Interpretation of Virasoro Algebra

I've been trying to gain some intuition about Virasoro Algebras, but have failed so far. The Mathematical Definition seems to be clear (as found in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virasoro_algebra). I ...
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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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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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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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A dictionary of string - standard physics correspondences

Motivated by the (for me very useful) remark ''Standard model generations in string theory are the Euler number of the Calabi Yau, and it is actually reasonably doable to get 4,6,8, or 3 ...
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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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How can extra (non-curled up) dimensions be hidden from us?

Wikipedia says: If extra dimensions exist, they must be hidden from us by some physical mechanism. One well-studied possibility is that the extra dimensions may be "curled up" at such tiny ...
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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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What equation do we use to measure the energy level of a string, to determine it's “particle correlation”

If string theory happened to be correct, and a point-particle is replaced with a string, there is a direct correlation between the vibrating frequency of the string and the particle it produces. I was ...
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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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Critical Dimension of Bosonic Strings and Regularization of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n$

If $D$ is critical dimension of Bosonic strings, a particular derivation goes like the following, where we arrive finally at $$ \frac{D-2}{2}\sum_{n=1}^\infty n + 1 = 0. $$ Now mathematically this is ...
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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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Projector and delta function on a cycle $\Sigma$ of a manifold $\mathcal{M}_6$

In the paper ``Hierarchies from Fluxes in String Compactifications'' by Giddings, Kachru and Polchinski, the following example is considered for a localized source that may have negative tension (my ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...