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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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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“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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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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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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Do exact beta functions exist in (super)gravity theories and string theory?

An exact beta function exists for Super-Yang-Mills theories in 4D without matter - the so-called NSVZ beta function. Does a similar exact beta-function exist in gravity or supergravity theories? In ...
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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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Renormalization of worldsheet energy-momentum tensor

At the end of section 2.3, Polchinski (in his volume 1) derives the energy-momentum tensor for free massless scalars on worldsheet. He adds a footnote that "the only possible ambiguity introduced by ...
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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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Vertex operator - state mapping in Polchinski's book

In Polchinski's textbook String Theory, section 2.8, the author argues that the unit operator $1$ corresponds to the vacuum state, and $\partial X^\mu$ is holomorphic inside couture $Q$ in figure ...
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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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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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Zwiebach scalar product notation

I am currently working through Zwiebach's a First Course in String Theory. He seems to use dot-product notation interchangeably with the "down-up" notation. For example, on pg 176/section 9.1, he ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How many unequivalent Seifert surfaces appear in a AdS/CFT extension?

When introducing the 't Hooft diagrams from Feynman diagrams on a torus has there been a classification in terms of knots and Seifert surfaces?
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What is the constant appearing in the low energy action?

Usually one finds this expression for the low energy action $$S = \frac{1}{2\kappa_0^2}\int d^D X\; \sqrt{-G}\; \mathrm{e}^{-2\Phi}\,(R-\frac{1}{12}H_{\mu\nu\lambda}H^{\mu\nu\lambda}+4 ...
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(Euclideanized) QFT on $S^d$ vs $S^{d-1}\times S^1$

Broadly I would like to understand what is the difference in the physical interpretation of a (Euclideanized) QFT which is on space-time $S^d$ and which is on a space-time $S^{d-1}\times S^1$. In ...
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Is there a relation between the weak scale and the intermediated string scale?

I was reading these papers http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0609180v2 http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0610129v2 They state that $m_s$ is proportional to $M_P/\sqrt{V} $ and that $m_{3/2}$ is proportional to ...
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Why does the object $\epsilon_L Q_L + \epsilon_R Q_R$ correspond to a 16-component conserved supercharge when we have a Dp-brane?

I understand that when a 10-dimensional superstring theory has a Dp-brane (say, extending in the $x_0, ... , x_p$ directions) we have the total conserved supercharge given by: \begin{equation} ...
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Quiver and Gauge theory

i want to know how to construct a quiver of a Gauge theory specified by groupe g with rank=r ?
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Even-branes in IIA and odd-branes in IIB

The R-R sector of IIA and IIB are respectively given as, $8_s \otimes 8_c = [1]\oplus [3] = 8_v \oplus 56_t$ $8_s \otimes 8_s = [0]\oplus [2] \oplus [4]_+ = 1 \oplus 28 \oplus 35_+$ Now looking at ...
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What is the theoretical geometry of bubble universes?

My research has led me to look into the idea of bubble universes which I don't know very much about. The first thing that I am looking for is understanding or visualising how could many bubbles ...
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String theory in the context of quantization prescriptions

My new question here: has string theory been analyzed somewhere in the context of various quantization prescriptions formulated in a mathematically sound way? I mean something like geometric ...
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What is the world-sheet picture of high energy open string scattering?

Following Gross-Manes paper (which came right after Gross-Mende), the planar one-loop amplitude (the annulus) is dominated by the region in moduli space where the radius of the annulus shrinks to a ...
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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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Questions on entanglement entropy

If the spatial entangling surface is $M$ then it seems that one way to get the entanglement entropy is to think of the QFT on the manifold $S \times M$ where $S$ is a 2-manifold with the metric, ...
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A coincident stack of D3 branes vs a shell of them

I would in general like to understand how to derive the low energy metrics to describe D-brane configurations. Any pedagogic reference which explains the method? In particular I have in mind these ...
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So physicist's really do think the Universe could be a holographic Illusion?

http://www.nature.com/news/simulations-back-up-theory-that-universe-is-a-hologram-1.14328 http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/compelling-evidence-says-our-universe-is-a-hologram/ I thought the holographic ...
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Same partition functions, different theories

I am reading the book "Basic Concepts of String Theory" by Blumenhagen, Lust and Theisen and in page 290 they say: "It follows that the $E8\times E8$ and the $SO(32)$ heterotic string theories have ...
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AdS/CFT not dependent on validity of string theory

I have been told that the AdS/CFT correspondence proof does not rely on the validity of string theory. To be honest I don't know what to make of this. The idea of taking seriously the results of ...
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picture and isomorphisms

I found a paper by A. Belopolsky : "Picture changing operators in supergeometry and superstring theory" where he says there exists a possible physical state in one picture that doesn't exist in ...
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Ж (“zhe”) in string theory?

I was just recently watching a TED talk about string theory, by Thad Roberts, and at around 11:10 into the video he mentions a constant for maximum spacial curvature called "zhe" (the Cyrillic symbol ...
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Alternative Critical Dimensions in String Theory

Is it possible to write down a Lagrangian for a string theory with a critical dimension different than the familiar 10 or 26? How could one find a string theory Lagrangian for a given dimension? Could ...
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Is Poincare recurrence relevant to our universe?

If the theory of everything indicates a singularity-free and finite universe, will Poincare recurrence be relevant to the universe? If so, is there any interesting physical consequence, e.g. in ...
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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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Is mean field theory self-consistency analogous to string theory consistency?

My question is vague, so I'm hoping the answers will help me ask more concrete questions and maybe produce some interesting discussion. In mean field theory, say for the Ising model, we treat the ...
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Zwiebach quick calculation 2.5

I am working through Zwiebach's a first course in string theory. It's been a while since I did any math (or physics!), and I am stuck on the following problem (quick calculation 2.5 in the book): ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the Papadodimas/Raju mirror operators?

In this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.6335, the authors discuss the firewall problem and contruct so called mirror operators appearing in the correlation function. The key part seems to be (2.6) ...
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about the Atiyah-Segal axioms on topological quantum field theory

Trying to go through the page on Topological quantum field theory - The original Atiyah-Segal axioms - "Let $\Lambda$ be a commutative ring with 1, Atiyah originally proposed the axioms of a ...
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How to get a $\mathcal{N}=2$ SuperYang-Mills Lagrangian from a quiver

How can one write down the $\mathcal{N}=2$ SuperYang-Mills Lagrangian given a quiver graph? For concreteness consider the quiver $$(2)-(4)-[6]$$ where the node $(2)$ corresponds to a $U(2)$ factor ...
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Commutator as a time-ordered product

I'm reading through Seiberg and Witten's paper "String Theory and Noncommutative Geometry," and one part in $\S$2.1 isn't quite clear to me. (Sorry, in advance, for the length.) My question is about ...
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Topological ground state degeneracy of SU(N), SO(N), Sp(N) Chern-Simons theory

We know that level-k Abelian 2+1D Chern-Simons theory on the $T^2$ spatial torus gives ground state degeneracy($GSD$): $$GSD=k$$ How about $GSD$ on $T^2$ spatial torus of: SU(N)$_k$ level-k ...
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Stringy corrections to Friedmann equation

Does anyone know a reference or a paper which discusses string theory correction to Friedmann equations?
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What is the need to consider a singular spacetime?

To have a consistent superstring theory (which is to avoid the conformal anomaly on the worldsheet CFT) we are forced to build our theory on the critical dimension $n=10$. However, the Standard ...
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How does a gauge theory probe a spacetime singularity?

Within the framework of string theory, I have read in numerous articles such as the introduction of this this in which it is stated that the gauge theories living on a stack of D-branes can be used to ...