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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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 ...
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Why is the universe 3D if the holographic principle says it's encoded in a its surface?

The way I understand the holographic principle is that everything in a 3D space can be thought of as living on the 2D boundary of that space. If that is the case, why does everything in the universe ...
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What does it mean to “uplift” a supergravity solution to higher dimensions?

What does it mean to "uplift" a supergravity solution to higher dimensions? This is a common term used in the literature but I cannot understand it. A very common example is "uplifting d-dimensional ...
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Idea behind Compactified Boson

On p. 167 of his Conformal Field Theory, Di Francesco introduces "Compactified Boson". He says: The invariance of the free-boson Lagrangian [...] with respect to translations $\varphi(x) ...
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Does String Theory Predict more than Four Forces?

String theory literature tells us that ST predicts the four forces: weak, strong, EM, and gravity. What it fails to tell us is if that's all the forces it predicts. Might there be a fifth force that ...
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The low dimensional end of the brane scan

Common wisdom says that only the top dimensional part of the brane scan of Green-Schwarz super p-brane sigma models is quantum consistent (the critical strings and the M-branes). But by the results in ...
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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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OPE of fermionic field bosonization in string theory, in Polchinski 10.3.12

In Polchinski's String Theory Vol. 2, equations 10.3.12 are $$e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(-z)}~=~\frac{1}{2z}+i\partial H(0)+2zT_B^H(0)+O(z^2)\tag{10.3.12a}$$ ...
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On black holes, Hawking radiation and gravitational atoms

Over the past hour or so I've been following one of my standard physics-based, wanders-through-the-internet. Specifically, I began by reviewing some details of dark energy theory but soon found myself ...
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How does the sum of natural numbers arise in the derivation of critical string dimensions?

In the standard treatment of bosonic string theory the “heuristic” argument for the critical dimension goes as follows (see Ref. 1-4). Upon quantization the mass-squared operator becomes normal ...
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Type IIB string theory is chiral. Do there exist non-chiral II SUGRA theories?

Type IIB string theory is chiral. Do there exist non-chiral $\mathcal{N}=2$ II SUGRA theories? The answer is apparently yes. Additionally how do we understand the fact that Type IIB SUGRA is chiral ...
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What is meant by the following divergent formula?

I have encountered the following formula a couple of times (in different physics contexts which I do not have a good understanding of) $$\int_{0}^\infty \frac{dt}{t}e^{-tx}=-\log x$$ Formally one ...
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Electric charge in string theory

The mass of an elementary particle in string theory is related with the way the string vibrates. The more frantically a string vibrates the more energy it posses and hence the more massive it is. My ...
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Mathematically rather than physically speaking, is there something “special” about 10 (or 11) dimensions?

As I understand it, string theory (incorporating bosons and fermions) "works" in $9+1=10$ spacetime dimensions. In the context of dual resonance theory, I've read descriptions of why that is ...
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Divergence theorem in complex coordinates

This question is related to Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates (CFT) but, I still don't understand :( Namely how to prove the divergence theorem in complex coordinate in Eq (2.1.9) in ...
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How do we use the Killing spinors to determine the resulting supersymmetry conserved?

How do we exactly use the Killing spinors to determine the resulting supersymmetry conserved? Is there some nice "toy" example you could provide me with to see this and convince my self? And is there ...
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Decomposition of the gravitino into helicity $\pm \frac{3}{2}$ and $\pm \frac{1}{2}$ components

I'm reading this book on string theory. When they decompose two dimensional gravitino (formula 7.16) $$ \chi_\alpha = \frac{1}{2}\rho^\beta \rho_\alpha \chi_\beta + \frac{1}{2}\rho_\alpha \rho^\gamma ...
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What is the significance of self-duality and anti self-duality in supergravity?

So I see the terms "self-dual" and "anti self-dual" appear routinely in supergravity/string thery, e.g. the fact that Type IIB supergravity contains a real self-dual rank-5 antisymmetric tensor ...
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D branes Ns brane and p-branes

It is now a common knowledge that "D-p branes are equivalent to p-branes" due to Polchinski's work. Note that D-p branes are objects in string theory and p-branes are objects in blackhole theory. So ...
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Does the need for renormalization in QFT vanish once you use a more fundamental theory (e.g., string theory)?

It is often explained that renormalization arises in QFT because QFT is a low-energy effective theory that needs to be replaced by a more fundamental theory at higher energies/smaller distances. While ...
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Why M-theory has only M2 and M5 branes?

Why M-theory has only M2 and M5 branes? In string theory, depending on the type one considers, you get all kind of D-branes. What is so special in M-theory that only allows 2 and 5 branes?
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Fermion counting operator for open superstring

In Barton Zwiebach's A First Course in String Theory, in section 14.4, there's a fermion counting operator $(-1)^F$ which is supposed to give you $+1$ if the state is bosonic, or $-1$ if the state is ...
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Correlation functions on $S^2$ (from OPE singularities)

Consider a closed string scattering (worldsheet topology $S^2$ sphere). Given that the OPE: $i \partial X^\mu(z) e^{ik X(w)} \sim \frac{k^\mu}{z - w} e^{ik X (w)} + ... \ \ , \ \ i \partial X^\mu (z) ...
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Compactified extra dimensions and symmetry

It's my understanding that M-Theory necessitates 11 space-time dimensions (10 spatial dimensions plus 1 time dimension) in order work mathematically. This appears to jar with reality, which only ...
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The limited Computing Capabilities of Space, Increased quantized info leads to time-dilation?

Are there any approaches to Special and General Relativity using space as a computing medium? With space having a maximum computing capability and time dilation as lag? Could this idea describe the ...
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SUSY preserved by an extended D-brane

There's a nice way to prove that for an extended D-brane half of SUSY is preserved, from perturbative string argument with SUSY Ward identities and the doubling trick (at least, at tree-level and ...
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Tadpole-free condition

Tadpole-free is a very important condition for perturbative string theory (which is equivalent to the theory to be expanded around the "right" vacuum). For simplicity, let's consider closed string ...
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States in light cone string theory

Currently I'm trying to understand string theory in the light cone quantization. I just have had a look into Polchinski (Vol. 1, Introduction to the bosonic string), because – as far as I could see – ...
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What information do quiver gauge diagrams provide?

I am struggling to understand what the information one can extract by looking a quiver diagram for a quiver gauge theory is. I understand what quivers are but I cannot get some physical intuition and ...
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Dirac, Weyl and Majorana Spinors

To get to the point - what's the defining differences between them? Alas, my current understanding of a spinor is limited. All I know is that they are used to describe fermions (?), but I'm not sure ...
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T-Duality for closed bosonic string: what is the difference between a graviphoton and a B-vector?

Consider the closed bosonic string in 26 dimensions, of which one physical dimension, say $X^{24}$ is compactified into a circle of radius $R$. The lowest lying massless states are the graviton, the ...
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What exactly does it mean to wrap a D-brane or a M-brane in a Riemann surface $\Sigma_g$?

What exactly does it mean to wrap a D-brane or an M-brane in a Riemann surface $\Sigma_g$ ($g$ is the genous)? Is there some mathematical statement? And why do we get various supersymmetric gauge ...
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Why string theorist use the following result? [duplicate]

$1+2+3.......$so on $ = -1/12.$ I have seen a few proofs of this result. And I hope most of you are familiar with them. Why string theorist use this ambiguous result in string theory, when assigning ...
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What exactly are the ADE type of gauge theories?

What exactly are the ADE type of (susy) gauge theories? What exactly we mean, intuitively, the ADE singularities? What are their relation to brane constructions and do you have any references one ...
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Branes on a tip of a conifold; how to understand it?

I am not sure if this question makes sense "intuitively" but here it is. In Klebanov-Witten theory one puts branes on the tip of a cone over a Calabi-Yau manifold. My question is what does it mean to ...
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Is the $\alpha'$ expansion in string theory an asymptotic expansion?

The low-energy bosonic effective actions of string theory lead to Einstein-Hilbert gravity, along with scalars and $p$-form Maxwell fields. For example, the action for type IIA string theory is $S = ...
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Extended SuSy from the kappa-Symmetry WZW terms

In José de Azcárraga, Jerome Gauntlett, J.M. Izquierdo, Paul Townsend, Topological Extensions of the Supersymmetry Algebra for Extended Objects, Phys.Rev.Lett. 63 (1989) 2443 (spire) it was ...
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What does it mean the term “probe brane”?

What does it exactly mean the term "probe brane"? People say for example: We put a stack of N branes at some point and then a probe brane ..." How do they appear in AdS/CFT? Can you give me an ...
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How is a string different from a harmonic oscillator or a point?

I am reading String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction by Becker, Becker and Schwartz. I've tried to read this book before but not succeeded because I didn't know enough math or physics. This ...
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If a theory gets two predictions right, how likely it is that the rest of the predictions are true too? [closed]

The question lucidly defines what I am trying to inquire, so there is no need to elucidate it any further. Another question would be, General/Special Relativity has gotten some predictions right as ...
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Lorentz violation in String theory

First of all, why are there so many researches to find Lorentz violation? Are there some models of (super-)string theory that include Lorentz violation at some scale?
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Supergravity prerequisites for branes in string theory [duplicate]

I have a one-semester background in string theory (bosonic string theory, the NSR string, conformal field theory), but I have not taken any full length courses on supersymmetry and supergravity. I'm ...
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Available material on Giant Gravitons

I am looking for a pedagogical introduction to giant gravitons (if one exists!). I have basic string theory/SUSY knowledge but no introduction to AdS/CFT. (Do I need to do some reading on AdS/CFT ...
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Noether currents in QFT

I am trying to organize my knowledge of Noether's theorem in QFT. There are several questions I would like to have an answer to. In classical field theory, Noether's theorem states that for each ...