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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$\langle TT\rangle$ correlator of the boundary CFT from metric fluctuations in the bulk gravity

Is there a reference which explains how the $\langle TT\rangle $ correlation of the boundary conformal field theory (CFT) can be holographically calculated from the bulk gravity? (..I am often ...
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What uniquely defines a CFT?

So, I am quite new to CFT (and a as descriptive answer as possible would be appreciated). I want to know what uniquely defines a CFT in 2D and otherwise. Firstly in 2D, What defines a CFT? So I ...
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What is the concept of cosmic strings?

What is the concept of cosmic strings? Is it related to the strings in the string theory, and if it is, then how?
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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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Has string theory been able to produce masses of elementary particles?

Masses of elementary particles in standard model are strange numbers. Is it possible to obtain these masses in string theory (presumably by using very few number of input parameters)?
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Prerequisites and introduction to string theory [duplicate]

Can someone please give me the prerequisites and mathematics required for string theory? Are there some good references to study it, both online and in a book? Please consider I am a newbie in string ...
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Introduction to string theory

I am in the last year of MSc. and would like to read string theory. I have the Zwiebach Book, but along with it what other advanced book can be followed, which can be a complimentary to Zwiebach. I ...
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Critics of Mannheim's Conformal Gravity Theory?

I'm looking for more articles/reactions/critiques/support for Philip Mannheim's recent conformal gravity theory. See here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2186v1 Any ideas on where to start?
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Local fermionic symmetry and GS action

I have a trouble understanding an argument which I think has a simple answer but I am not getting it. The question is that if you don't impose local fermionic symmetry the GS action has only one term ...
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How does one expand gravity Lagrangians about an $AdS$ background?

I had previously asked this question. This is kind of a continuation of that. I recently found this expression which seems to be called the "Fierz-Pauli action" which is apparently the quadratic ...
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Connection between String theory and Statistical Physics

I would like to think via standard transitivity arguments that there should be a deep connection between String theory and Statistical Physics. Why? Statistical Physics $\rightarrow$ QFT 2d QFT ...
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Anomalies from a Renormaization Group Equation (RGE)

This is an approach to anomalies which seems unfamiliar to me.. Firstly what is this function $W$ which seems to satisfy the equation, $\frac{\partial W }{\partial g^{\mu \nu} } = \langle T_{\mu ...
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If QFT is a sum over 1-D topologies and String Theory over 2-D topologies, what is the corresponding theory for N-D topologies?

My understanding is that perturbative QFT can essentially be described as a weighted sum over 1-D topologies (ie Feynman graphs), and String theory is essentially the generalization to a sum over 2-D ...
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What is 'heterotic string compactification'?

I've read that some exceptional groups arises in the context of 'heterotic string compactification'. Could someone explain (to a person studying physics but who doesn't know string theory) what ...
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About parametrizing quadratic fluctuations in the metric about $AdS_2 \times S^2$

I am referring to the contents of page 20-23 of the paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.3842.pdf Equation 4.5 seems to suggest that one wants to restrict the metric fluctuations $h$ to a subset such ...
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No Lagrangian description v.s. No quasi-particle description

This post is aimed to stimulate some discussions. We are familiar with many physical descriptions and theories of the (many-body quantum) system, with both quasi-particle description and Lagrangian ...
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Quantization of strings, string Fock space and transition to QFT

I am not an expert of string theory and am quite uncertain about the basic ideas of string theory that I am going to ask about. I would appreciate some hints of more experienced physicists. What I am ...
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Discreteness and Determinism in Superstrings?

So Gerard 't Hooft has a brand new paper (thanks to Mitchell Porter for making me aware of it) so this is somewhat of a expansion to the question I posed on this site a month or so ago regarding 't ...
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How to calculate gravity path integrals about an AdS background?

Suppose I have some Lagrangian of some higher derivative gravity coupled to a may be matter fields. Now I want to fluctuate it to quadratic order about an AdS background and calculate the 1-loop ...
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Loop-Quantum Gravity versus String Theory [closed]

Basically asking what were the motives behind each theory. What was it that lead physicists toward these ideas?
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Old covariant quantization of open string at level N=1

I have a question regarding an equation in Polchinski's "String Theory, Volume 1, An introduction to the bosonic string". The equation is (4.3.27) on p.135. This section is about the brst-cohomology ...
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Proof for the Mass gap of non-chiral Luttinger liquids with a Cosine potential

Similar to this post, I believe in condensed matter, people know the mass-gap statement for non-chiral Luttinger liquids with large $g \cos(\beta_{}^{} \cdot\phi_{})$ potential. This is the ...
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Proof for the Mass gap of sine-Gordon action with $g \cos(\beta \Phi)$

This is the sine-Gordon action: $$ \frac{1}{4\pi} \int_{ \mathcal{M}^2} dt \; dx \; k\, \partial_t \Phi \partial_x \Phi - v \,\partial_x \Phi \partial_x \Phi + g \cos(\beta_{}^{} \cdot\Phi_{}) $$ ...
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Why are string theorists interested in entanglement entropy?

I have been reading some papers by Ryu-Takyanagi but I am not seeing a good explanation as to why entanglement entropy of the boundary CFT is a good observable to probe the possible bulk quantum ...
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Information loss in a black hole

How does the Holographic Principle help to establish the fact that all the information is not lost in a black hole?
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How do I deal with a quantum field in the denominator?

I am wondering how to deal with an expression like $$ \int d^4\theta \frac{1}{T + T^\dagger} \big( \dots \big) $$ If the denominator was of the form $1 + T + T^\dagger$, I could assume that $T \ll 1$ ...
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Why does a string connected between a D0-brane and an anti-D0-brane turn into a tachyon upon their annihilation?

Consider a string stretched between a D0-brane and an anti-D0-brane. In this case as the stretching energy is greater than the quantum zero point energy the string will have a positive mass. But, as ...
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Infinitesimal transformations for a relativistic particle

The action of a free relativistic particles can be given by $$S=\frac{1}{2}\int d\tau \left(e^{-1}(\tau)g_{\mu\nu}(X)X^\mu(\tau)X^\nu(\tau)-e(\tau)m^2\right).$$ If we then make an infinitesimal ...
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Why does quantum zero point energy contribute negative mass to strings?

A string which doesn't have any kind of vibrations will have mass whose square is negative due to quantum zero point energy. But why does it contribute negative rather than positive mass to strings?
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Poincare Symmetry of Nambu-Goto action

How do I show invariance under the Poincare transformations of the action for a relativistic string, $$S=-\frac{1}{2 \pi \alpha'} \int{\text{d}^2 ...
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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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gravitational waves

Now that scientists found the primordial gravitational waves that formed shortly after the big bang,and we all now that just after the bang the 4 fundamental forces were unified can we consider that ...
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In what order should the subjects be studied in order to get to String Theory [duplicate]

I know: Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths Level, currently doing Sakurai Level) Mechanics (Newtonian+ Lagrangian/Hamiltonian but at level lower than Goldstein/Landau) Classical Electrodynamics ...
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Road to String Theory [duplicate]

I have a question for our theoretic SuperUsers. How much knowledge and which fields of physics you have to know to start studying string theory? I am now on QFT, after I think I'll start study ...
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Topology-dependent groud state degeneracy of $B \wedge F + B \wedge B$ and $B \wedge F + B \wedge B \wedge B$

There are some examples of topological BF theory with extra terms allow it still being topological. See this Ref. paper In 4d (3+1D), we have the trace of: $$ \int\frac{k}{2\pi}\text{Tr}[B \wedge F + ...
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The difference between The Dilaton and The Radion?

I have read this question on the Dilaton, but I am a little confused with the distinction between the Dilaton and the Radion. I definitely have the feeling that these two scalar fields are different ...
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Non-trivial components of the stress-energy tensor of the bosonic string ghost action

The stress-energy tensor derived from the ghost action of a bosonic string is: $$ T_{\alpha \beta} = \frac{i}{4 \pi} \left ( b_{\alpha \gamma} \nabla_{\beta} c^{\gamma} + b_{\beta \gamma} ...
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Gregory-Laflamme Instability of Black Strings and $p$-Branes

In a paper by Gregory and Laflamme (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9301052) in 1993, it was demonstrated that black strings and $p$-branes which were solutions to certain low energy string theories were ...
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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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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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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...
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Extending General Relativity with Kahler Manifolds?

Standard general relativity is based on Riemannian manifolds. However, the simplest extension of Riemannian manifolds seems to be Kahler manifolds, which have a complex (hermitian) structure, a ...
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Self-dual Maxwell equations, the second homology group, and topological invariants of a four manifold

In Witten's paper Quantum Field Theory and the Jones Polynomial, he mentioned that: Geometers have long known that (via de Rham theory) the self-dual and anti-self-dual Maxwell equations are ...
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AdS3 soliton of Witten - for Hawking-Page transition

Are there explicit AdS$_3$ soliton solution? in the sense of Witten's Anti De Sitter Space And Holography and Hawking-page transition paper, by doing a $$\tau_E, y ,r \to y, \tau_E ,r$$ from ...
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S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...
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Gravitational Chern-Simons theory for bosons and fermions

Q1: What is the difference of boson and fermions for their Gravitational Chern-Simons theory? I suppose in general if the metric is not flat, we have vierbein ${e_{\hat{b}}}^{\nu}$, with $$ ...
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Quantized coefficients of Chern-Simons action and F $\wedge$ F $\wedge \dots$

We know that for U(1) gauge field Chern-Simons action in 2+1 Dim(ension), we have an action $$ S=\alpha \int A \wedge dA $$ with $\alpha=k/(4\pi)$ for a proper level quantization. Here $k$ is the ...
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Is Space-Time a special form of energy?

I know space-time can be influenced by matter and energy, so it must be somehow mingled in with the mix of it all, but does space-time have a fundamental particle? Can we make a little bit of ...
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Is anti-gravity possible in theoretical physics?

Is anti-gravity possible in string theory? I have read some articles about scientists making assumptions about the existence of anti-gravity, but is it possible in string theory?