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 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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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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Action with self-dual field strength

It is said that writing down an action in presence of a self-dual field strength is subtle and not known till date. The familiar example people give is that of type IIB super-gravity which has a self-...
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Isn't gravity non-local and non-causal?

The way I think of this is that, I can ask physical questions about a space-time which are impossible to answer unless one knows the full space-time, and hence I am inclined to believe that gravity is ...
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What is Kaku's equation about?

When Michio Kaku talks about science he often likes to refer to string theory and sometimes to his equation which looks like this (not sure if wrote right): $$L = \Phi^\dagger[i\partial_{\tau}-H]\Phi +...
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What evidence exists for string theory viability?

I know that string theory is still under heavy development, and as such it still can't make predictions (or not that many predictions anyways). On the other hand, it is clear from the number of years ...
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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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Hamiltonian for closed strings [closed]

I am reading GSW volume 1 and it says in chapter 2 that the Hamiltonian for closed strings turn out to be $$ H = \frac{1}{2} \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} (\alpha_{-n}.\alpha_{n} + \tilde{\alpha}_{-n}\cot ...
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Doesn't string theory have to exist? [closed]

String theory is a theory of quantum gravity, and the standard model doesn't include gravity. But since there is gravity down at the sub atomic level, then doesn't string theory have to be right since ...
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Good introductory text for matrix string theory

Where can I find a good introductory text for matrix string theory? Most textbooks don't cover it, or only cover it very superficially. What is the basic idea behind matrix string theory? How can ...
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Geometry of spacetime and spinor bilinears

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) p.20, the author says in the section titled Geometry of spacetime the following: In order to obtain the spacetime geometry, we consider the spinor ...
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Reparameterization invariance of strings

I'm working through Zweibach's First Course In String Theory. I'm stuck on a problem (16.1) where I need to show that the coupling Kalb-Ramond field to a worldsheet have the following transformation: ...
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What is a Schrödinger background or a Schrödinger symmetry?

In some string theory paper, they mention "Schrödinger background" and "Schrödinger symmetry", which I never heard before. What does that mean?
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Importance and Origin of level matching condition

I want to know the origin of level-matching condition of string theory. And want to know why many string theory textbook mention that this condition is crucial. Is this level matching condition ...
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What is meant by open-string tachyon scattering amplitude?

It was said here that Veneziano derived: open-string tachyon scattering amplitude from principles of Regge theory and S-matrix theory and used the Euler beta-function to make all the critical ...
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Kalb-Ramond in T-duality

I'm working through a particular problem (Problem 17.4) in Zweibach's "A first course in string theory", because I'm trying to understand how the Kalb-Ramond field affects T-duality. The question ...
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Semi-infinite forms?

I am reading Vafa's paper 'Topological Mirros and Quantum Strings'. In this paper, the author says the Hilbert Space of a fermionic string theory corresponds to the space of semi-infinite forms on the ...
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Generally speaking, given two CFTs, how can we check that they are equivalent?

We can calculate their central charges. And beyond this, are there some other general approaches? Or we must find an isomorphism of operators between the two theories?
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Symmetry of the Polyakov action?

Let us look at the Polyakov action for a string moving in a spacetime with metric $g_{\mu \nu}(X)$:$$S_P = -{1\over{4\pi \alpha'}} \int d^2 \sigma \sqrt{-\gamma} \gamma^{ab} \partial_a X^\mu \...
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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 \zeta}\sqrt{-\det(\partial_{\alpha}X^{\mu}\partial_{\...
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Tension of string-theory string

Can the tension of a given string in string theory be increased (by say interaction with other strings), or is it always fixed. I am trying to figure out if the energy of a string can be increased. ...
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What does black hole temperature mean? [duplicate]

From the title, the question is a bit open ended. Let me make it a bit simpler. 1. What region of the black hole has temperature? Is it the surface space? the region outside? . . . etc , any precise ...
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on fundamental 2D conductivity equation boundary value problem

Consider the following homogeneous boundary value problem for a function/potential $u(x,y)$ on the infinite strip $[-\infty,\infty]\times[0,\pi/4]$ w/positive periodic coefficient/nductivity $\gamma(x+...
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How is the double slit experiment modeled in contemporary physical theories?

Suppose I have the following double split experiment set up: a monochromatic electron source of low intensity, which we can model as emitting a single electron at a time with energy $T$. a ...
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What happens when an open string start to stretch in a full Neumann boundary scenario?

I'm only reading about string theory. I'm an undergraduate. I see that for a full Neumann boundary condition the ends of a relativist string travel at the speed of light. If they travel in opposite ...
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Orbifold actions and twist operators

A twist operator $\sigma$ is the operator that acts on the untwisted vacuum $|0\rangle$ to create a twisted vacuum $\sigma|0\rangle$. States belonging to the twisted sector of an orbifold are built on ...
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750 GeV diphoton resonance: KK graviton?

As everybody of you may know at LHC they found this probable resonance (https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114808, https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114853?ln=en). It may be a scalar or a KK graviton mode. Now, ...
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What are the difference between a black holes and a black branes? [closed]

I want to know the fundamental difference between a black hole and a black brane? What is the planar limit?
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Why are only certain fluxes allowed in 11D SUGRA?

In Type IIA/IIB string theory we can have various fluxes, such as the 3-form H-flux, and the various Ramond-Ramond fluxes in even/odd dimensions. In 11D SUGRA, however, the field content seems to ...
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Projective superspace: why extra bosonic coordinates

I'm studying the projective superspace formalism for N = 4 supersymmetric $\sigma$-models in two dimensions. My question is: why do we need the extra bosonic coordinates for the manifest action? I ...
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Squashed spheres in general dimension

The point of this question is to help me find references regarding squashed spheres in general dimension. I am interested in the general theory of squashing for arbitrary dimension. All of the ...
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How to understand the relationship between these two geometrical structures?

During my study of quantum information processing, I occasionally meet two different geometrical structures: (a) The geometry of the Hilbert space of quantum state, where the superposition and ...
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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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What is the reason/significance of using $ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}n\rightarrow-\frac{1}{12}$?

What is the reason/significance of using a trick equation in the Volume I - String Theory - Joseph Polchinsky? I have no doubts at all that the author knows extremely well the subject and that this ...
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What are susy transformations for N=2 sugra?

Killing spinor equations are equations that result from supersymmetric transformations. One example of those is for example is in $N=2$ Supergravity theories. As suggested by some books and papers on ...
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Brane interactions?

In particle physics, in QFT's, interactions come from the interaction piece in the Lagrangian (action). In string theory, waiting for a complete formulation of SFT, we have to add "by hand" ...
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What is the relationship between a brane, a manifold, and a space?

I've read many ways to define manifold; one way is to define it as a type of mathematical space (a type of topological space to be exact). All of the definitions that I've seen for brane, on the ...
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What sorts of problems does asymptotically safe gravity face as a potential quantum gravity solution?

I've recently read an article by Ethan Siegel over at Forbes (he also blogs at Starts with a Bang) on asymptotically safe gravity as a possible alternative to string theory. I read the author's blog ...
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$n=0$ mode Fourier expansion on string theory

I am quite baffled at what the $n=0$ mean in compactification, why is this mode important? I mean if $n=0$ was applied here we'd just be left with I know that (39) holds from (37), but I can't ...
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In M theory, what size are the branes/D branes?

In string theory strings are around Planck length, but how big are the D branes in M theory? Can we see them with the LHC?
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Globally defined solutions in bc CFT system

Consider $bc$-system which is 2-dimensional CFT of fermions: $S = \int_\Sigma d^2 z \ b \bar{\partial} c + h.c. $ where $\Sigma$ - 2-dimensional manifold of genus $p$, fields $b, c$ have ...
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Confusion on Polchinski P.67

I am reading Polchinski's String Theory Volume I. While I am learning the basics of string scatterings in Ch.3, I went back to chapter 2 and review the part of vertex operators. However, I found that ...
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How to find explicit QFT particles from a heterotic String theorie partition function

Starting with a SUSY $E_8$ x $E_8$ heterotic partition function: $ Z = - \frac{1}{8} \sum Z^8_x Z_4[^s_{s'}] Z_8[^t_{t'}] Z_8[^u_{u'}] $ where the sum is over all spin structures $s,t,u,s',t',u' = ...
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Why is the formulation of M(embrane) theory so hard? [duplicate]

The formulation of String theory is fairly straight forward in that the action is just the world-sheet area of a string. Then you can add supersymmetry in various ways. Finally you add some ghosts to ...
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String spreading?

What is 'string spreading' (in the context of string theory)? Does it have implications for the observability of post-classical effective field theory of gravity terms near macroscopic black hole ...
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Multiparticle States in String Theory

I am new to string theory and I hope that the following question, if not actually deep, may provoke answers that might not only be useful to me but also to other newcomers: I believe to have ...
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How to visualize a sphere bundle?

In the paper ``Gravitational Anomaly Cancellation for M Theory Fivebranes", the authors consider removing a tubular region of radius $\epsilon$ around the M5 brane (in order to make sense of the three ...
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Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing?

Is M-Theory and 11D Supergravity the same thing? Reading Hawking, he uses 11D Supergravity and M-Theory interchangeably. http://www.hawking.org.uk/quantum-cosmology-m-theory-and-the-anthropic-...
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Different OPE channels in bootstrap

Can someone quickly explain what exactly are those different channels (namely s,t,u) in OPE expansions frequently used in conformal bootstrap. Explanation with a simple example will be really helpful.