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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Spin connection in higher dimension

I have a problem regarding computation of spin connection in the case where One or more dimension is compactified. For example if we take a $D+1$ dimensional bosonic string action and write the $D+1$ ...
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Toda equations and surface operator

I would like to know the reason why the equation (14) in the paper by Yamada is called the Toda equation. \begin{equation} \left[\frac12\sum_{i=1}^N\left(y_i\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Open string amplitude with higher vertices

In Polchinski's String Theory, section 6.2, the tree level amplitude for open strings with higuer vertices are given (6.2.18-20). The amplitude $<\prod_i[e^{ik_i\cdot X(z_i,\bar ...
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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 ...
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What does it mean to “wrap” a D-brane around some manifold?

I am getting quite confused with this terminology when I read the papers. Like while constructing the near horizon $AdS_3$ in the $D1-D5$ system one considers $IIB$ on $R^{1,4}\times M^4 \times S^1$ ...
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Deriving the transformation under Weyl rescaling in Polchinski eq. (1.2.31)

I have another question in Polchinski's string theory book volume 1, namely how to derive Eq. (1.2.32)? $$(-\gamma')^{1/2} R'=(-\gamma)^{1/2} (R-2 \nabla^2 \omega) \tag{1.2.32}$$ I have awared his ...
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String Vertex Operators in Light Cone Gauge

I have a basic confusion about how to compute string scattering amplitudes in light cone gauge, using the operator formalism reviewed in GSW. I am familiar with the covariant gauge formalism, where I ...
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Is it possible to define a notion of temperature in a microcanonical ensemble?

I am thinking of a mircrocanonical ensemble as a finite system for which the number of particles, volume and the total energy is fixed. Is there a more refined view of this? Can I think of ...
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Relation between holography and matrix models

Let's consider a 0-dimensional $N \times N$ Hermitean one matrix model. It is defined by a potential V(M). Its partition function is $Z = \int_{H_{N}} dM e^{-\frac{1}{g}V(M)}$ where $H_{N}$ is the ...
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Concerning Electrogravitics in an inertial frame

Listening to Feynman, He pointed out the fact that if a magnet is in an inertial frame with respect to a coil, there can be no electromotive force and hence no electricity produced. It is only when ...
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p-Adic String Theory and the String-orientation of Topological Modular Forms (tmf)

I am going to ask a question, at the end below, on whether anyone has tried to make more explicit what should be a close relation between p-adic string theory and the refinement of the superstring ...
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Allowed interactions in bosonic string theory

In a quantum field theory, only a finite set of interactions are allowed, determined by the Lagrangian of the theory which specifies the interaction vertex Feynman rules. In string theory, an ...
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Connection beween infinite gauge symmetries and UV finiteness

In e.g., http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:0712.3526 the author claims: Since the massless higher-spin field theories involve infinite-dimensional gauge symmetries, one expects that such theories may be ...
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Book suggestion for Theoretical Physics with easy maths [duplicate]

I am a Computer Scientist with literature interest in theoretical physics. I have already read books such as A Brief History of Time and Physics of the Impossible, and I am looking for suggestion for ...
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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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About the general expression of trace anomaly and CFT partition functions

I have put up a question here, http://mathoverflow.net/questions/139685/proof-of-the-general-expression-for-anomaly-in-a-cft-and-its-partition-function Here I am putting up a slightly different ...
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How exactly is the Poisson bracket of the modes of a classical string defined?

In the theory of a classical bosonic string, we have expressions like: $$ \{\alpha^\mu_m,\alpha^\nu_n \} = - i m \delta_{m,-n} \eta^{\mu \nu} $$ were $\alpha^\mu_n$ are the Fourier modes of the ...
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Where and how exactly does string theory and Q.E.D. use zeta function regularization?

In the video they mention it being used in many fields of physics inclusing String and QED theory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww But I remember reading somewhere that 1+2+3..=-1/12 is ...
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Where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside in multidimensional models of the universe?

In models such as M-theory with 7 'higher dimensions' plus the 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions, where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside ordinally? My reason for asking is TV shows ...
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Measuring extra-dimensions

I have read and heard in a number of places that extra dimension might be as big as $x$ mm. What I'm wondering is the following: How is length assigned to these extra dimensions? I mean you can ...
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What Does it Mean for an Extra Dimension to Have Size?

Recently I watched this presentation by Brian Greene on string theory. In it he describes how the reason we don't observe the extra dimensions required by string theory could be because they are very ...
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BICEP2 and string theory

Can anybody elaborate on the implications of the BICEP2 result for string theory? The discussion here What experiment would disprove string theory? suggests that refuting string theory is rather ...
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Dimensions of strings in string theory

In the above image taken from wikipedia, at the string level the strings have been shown as some loops, the article in wikipedia says that in string theory the particles at lower level are broken ...
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Zero modes ~ zero eigenvalue modes ~ zero energy modes?

There have been several Phys.SE questions on the topic of zero modes. Such as, e.g., zero-modes (What are zero modes?, Can massive fermions have zero modes?), majorana-zero-modes (Majorana zero ...
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What is the most fundamental peice of matter? What is it that thing which can no more be sub-divided?

I know that there is theory that strings are the most fundamental particles. But if it is a string, then it can be 'cut' into pieces, and if it can be 'cut', then it can be cut at infinitely many ...
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Action for $p-p'$ strings (equation 13.5.21 in Polchinski's textbook)

This action reads $$S=-\frac{1}{4g_{D9}^2}\int d^{10}x F_{MN} F^{MN}-\frac{1}{4g_{D5}^2}\int d^{6}x F'_{MN} F'^{MN}- \int d^6 x \left[ D_{\mu} \chi^{\dagger} D^{\mu} \chi + ...
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Can a D-brane be closed and contractible?

Let's consider for simplicity D-branes in bosonic string theory. I have a very basic question whose answer I couldn't find clearly stated in the few textbooks where I looked for it. Take for ...
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How to deduce equations 3.6.15 in Polchinski's string theory book? [duplicate]

In polchinski's first course on string, with how to deduce
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Is Veneziano amplitude able to explain the physical properties of strongly interacting hadrons (such as proton and neutron)? [duplicate]

In theoretical physics, the Veneziano amplitude refers to the discovery made in 1968 by Italian theoretical physicist Gabriele Veneziano that the Euler beta function, when interpreted as a scattering ...
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entropy relation between ads$_2$ black hole and near extremal ads RN black brane

It seems that the entropy for AdS$_2$ black hole is independent of the temperature $s=s_0$. While for near extremal AdS RN black brane, $s=s_0+ s(T/\mu)$. Should not these two entropies be the same ...
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Using the boundary states, is there a precise way to write down a planar open string multi-loop amplitude as a closed string tree amplitude?

The only explicit computation I have seen is the planar 1-loop one, but there should be a way to write the multi-loop case in terms of boundary states as well.
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Question about the vacuum bundle on A- and B-model

Let us consider the topological string A- and B-model (twisted SUSY non-linear sigma model on CY 3-manifold $X$). They are realization of $N=2$ SCFT and there are ground-states vector bundle ...
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Is brane world scenario in contrast with inflation theory? [closed]

Is brane world scenario in contrast in some way with inflation theory ?
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CFT and the conformal group

Equations 2-7 on page 21 of these notes, http://www.math.ias.edu/QFT/fall/NewGaw.ps seems to give a fairly compact definition of what a CFT is. But I have two questions, This definition is ...
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“String” infinity paradox

The smallest particles of the universe (or the smallest part of the smallest particles of the universe) must have infinity density. But if it have infinity density, you can calculate mass of one of ...
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Questions on the $N=2$ superconformal algebra

In my understanding, mirror symmetry in physics originates from representation of the $N=2$ superconformal algebra. Why do we need precisely 2 supersymmetries (why not 1 or 4)? Moreover, a chiral ...
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Theoretical String Landscape Question

Could it be plausible that the same theoretical string "shape" occurs twice. As in two or more universes with the same amount of dark energy and string shape. The term "shape" I'm defining as based ...
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Virasoro Operators commutation relations

For the commutation relation in quantising the bosonic string $\left[L_n,L_{m}\right]=(n-m)L_{n+m}+\frac{D}{12}n(n^2-1)\delta_{n+m,0}$ we can then calculate this for $m=-n$ in between the vacuum ...
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Why should a holomorphic function be expanded in Laurent series rather than Taylor series?

In 2d free conformal field theory, there is an operator equation: $$ \partial\bar\partial\hat{X}^\mu\left(z,\bar z\right)=0 $$ Why can it have Laurent expansion like this below rather than Taylor ...
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Determining the Hodge numbers of some orbifold examples

I'm currently reading about complex geometry in order to get a feeling of how to determine the Hodge numbers, e.g. of certain orbifold constructions. Since I'm a physicist with no deeper mathematical ...
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holographic principle and Wheeler's bag of gold

How is it possible to explain "bag of gold" spacetimes (see Marlof) such that the ideas are compatible with AdS/CFT and the holographic principle?
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Recommendation request for a book explaining string theory to a common idiot (me) [duplicate]

I find the idea of string theory fascinating, but I'm not a student of physics, mathematics or science in general. Are there any books which effectively break down the concepts in a way that laymen ...
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String theory from a mathematical point of view

I have a great interest in the area of string theory, but since I am more focused on mathematics, I was wondering if there is any book out there that covers mathematical aspects of string theory. I ...
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Can we expect the discovery of something that moves faster than light/photons?

As our knowledge on M-Theory improves in the times ahead which may unfold some warped dimension, can we expect the discovery of something that moves faster than light/photons?
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branes-collision -> big-bang -> 2nd Universe?

If the cosmological model of the Ekpyrotic universe is correct should there not always a 2nd universe be created on the 2nd brane? Pictures and articles I found speak only of one universe. Why is ...
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Generalized Complex Geometry and Theoretical Physics

I have been wondering about some of the different uses of Generalized Complex Geometry (GCG) in Physics. Without going into mathematical detail (see Gualtieri's thesis for reference), a Generalized ...
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What experiment would disprove string theory?

I know that there's big controversy between two groups of physicists: those who support string theory (most of them, I think) and those who oppose it. One of the arguments of the second group is ...
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Fundamental Constants in a theory of everything (TOE)

Do physicists ever expect to be able to derive the fundamental constants of nature from theory? For example, if string theory or some other theory unites the four forces, would the theory be ...
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Is it possible to build up holography in a closed manifold, i.e., in a manifold with a mathematical boundary?

I was wondering about the AdS/CFT correspondence basics. It is constructed on the idea of conformal compactification, in which a open manifold $M$ is homeomorphic related to a closed one $N$ through a ...
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Source Theory - Alternative to QFT

I am a graduate physics student. I have started learning QFT. As a project my professor has asked me to take up and learn Source Theory, seems an alternative to regular QFT. How exactly is this ...