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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Polchinski Equation (7.2.4)

On page 209 of Polchinski's string theory book he writes down the expectation value of a product of vertex operators on the torus; equation $(7.2.4)$. The derivation is analogous to an earlier ...
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Standard derivation of Witt algebra

I have been studying Conformal field theory for the past one week from the books by Blumenhagen and Di Francesco etal. If I understand correctly, whenever one talks of 'local (infinitesimal) ...
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Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics and the existence of a mass gap?

Quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, is the theory describing the strong nuclear force. Carried by gluons, it binds quarks into particles like protons and neutrons. According to the theory, the tiny ...
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Chiral Scale and Conformal Invariance in 2D QFT

I am reading a paper by Hofman and Strominger. In the appendix A, I have reproduced the equations (A10). Now they made a statement that "The Jacobi identity can be used to show that $O_h$ and $O_p$ ...
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Is there a Ramond vacuum for real fermions?

When studying the CFT of a complex fermion $\Psi$ we know that if it's periodic, ie if $$\Psi(\sigma_1+2\pi,\sigma_2)=\Psi(\sigma_1,\sigma_2)$$ then there is a doubly degenerate Ramond vacuum which I ...
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Why holographic renormalization?

Why is there a need to perform holographic renormalization for the normal $AdS_5\times S^5$/CFT$_4$ correspondence if the brane theory is conformal? Since the flow along the AdS direction $r$ is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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Vertex operator and normal ordering

The two point function, or propagator for a free massless boson, $\phi$ in 2 dimensions is given by, $$\begin{equation} \langle \phi (z,\bar{z})\phi(w, \bar{w})\rangle ~=~ ...
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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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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?
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Branes wrapping curves in M-theory. What does it mean?

What does it mean that a M5-branes wraps a holomorphic curve in M-theory? In specific a lot of Vafa's paper involve various branes (not only M5) wrapping some cycles. What does this really mean ...
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Understanding the AdS/CFT Correspondence [duplicate]

I am beginning to learn about the AdS/CFT correspondence, but I can't find a comprehensive introduction that includes the relevant gravitational/string theory physics. What specific areas of general ...
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How do we know there are dimensions above the third?

Excluding the interpretation of time being the forth dimension, what mathematical evidence is there that suggests it exists? When talking about string theory they say how there is 12 dimensions and I ...
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Deriving the energy-momentum tensor conservation equation in complex coordinates, Polchinski 2.4.2

I am trying to derive equation (2.4.2) in Polchinski's string theory textbook, $$\overline \partial T_{zz}=\partial T_{\overline z \overline z} = 0 \tag{2.4.2}.$$ Using the conservation equation, ...
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Need explanation for $CY_3$ folds comes first rather than algebraic curves comes first [duplicate]

The example I am aware of so far is quintic 3-fold equipped with $SU(3)$ holonomy. Why it is more natural to talk about $CY_3$ folds or Calibi-Yau 3 folds without talking about algebraic curves in ...
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Basic question about superspace, Grassmann numbers and world sheet supersymmetry

So, I'm trying to read the section on superspace from the book on string theory by Becker, Becker and Schwarz, and I realized that I've been stuck on something simple for a while. Some relevant ...
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A question about genus one string amplitude

In BCOV's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9309140 the genus one string amplitude of a Calabi-Yau 3-fold was explained in the B-model as the Ray-Singer torsion (there is a similar discussion in the ...
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Supersymmetries of the type IIB D3-brane action

The following query is based on a reading of section 2.2 of a paper by Graña and Polchinski. The idea is to begin with the D3 brane action of the form $$ ds^2 = Z^{-1/2}\eta_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu dx^\nu + ...
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How can a string “shield” a tear in a flop transition? Can our expanded dimensions tear?

I have read recently that in a process called flop transition in calabi yau dimensions space actually tears and is then somehow "fixed" to create a new shape of Calabi Yau dimension. If a string wraps ...
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Superstring vacuum amplitude on the torus

My question is how to obtain the superstring (Type II A and B) vacuum amplitudes on a torus. They are given in Polchinski's String Theory Vol. 2 equation (10.7.9): ...
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Brane polarisation (Myers Effect/Polchinski-Strassler/KPV)

I have a question about brane polarisation. In the most famous cases I know of--the original giant D2 brane of Myers, the Polchinski-Strassler resolution of the $\mathcal{N}=1^*$ IR singularity, and ...
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Abelian and non-Abelian T-duality

What are the advantages and the troubles of performing an Abelian and a non-Abelian T-duality over a type IIB/IIA solution? I have seen that Maldacena and Alday found some correspondence between the ...
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Books or papers recommendation on orbifold and CFT [duplicate]

Could you recommend some references on orbifold CFT? I have found this paper "The conformal field theory of orbifolds"(1987)(http://inspirehep.net/record/230342) is very useful for me, so I want to ...
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Why does this allegedly Hermitian Kähler metric have non-zero diagonal terms?

In string theory, the Kähler potential of Kähler moduli (e.g. - the volume of a Calabi-Yau manifold) is given by (see, for instance, Becker, Becker, Schwarz: "String Theory and M Theory" p. 498) $$K ...
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Kähler Potential of Calabi-Yau volume

At tree level, the Kähler potential is given by (neglecting complex structure) $K = -\ln(-\mathrm{i}(\tau - \bar{\tau})) - 2\ln(V_{CY})$ where $V_{CY} = \frac{1}{6} \kappa_{abc}t^at^bt^c$ ia the the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 = ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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$D$-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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...