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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Calabi Yau Motivation

I have just begin to study Calabi Yau compactification. Looking in many book I found that, if we start with a critical superstring theory in $D=10$, we are in search of a compact $D=6$ Calabi Yau ...
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Is there some no-go theorem for $D=9$ Kaluza Klein QCD+EM?

While QCD is a typical product of AdS/CFT and some other research trends in extra dimensions, I have never found in the literature an example producing the non-chiral part of the standard model, ...
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Fundamental equation(s) of string theory?

I often hear about string theory and its complicated mathematical structure as a physical theory, but I can't say that I've ever actually seen any of the related math. In general, I'm curious as to ...
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Can string theory and the Penrose interpretation coexist?

Is it possible for string theory to coexist with the Penrose interpretation of quantum mechanics? Does string theory require the many worlds interpretation?
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What is a ghost number?

I am currently studying CFT chapter of Becker,Becker,Schwarz and am trying to understand what the ghost number is in BRST Quantization. From what I gather BRST Quantization is used to add an extra ...
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How much do we know about Quantum Gravity at energies larger than Planck energy?

What kind of predictions do current approaches to quantum gravity (superstrings/M-theory, loop quantum gravity,...) make at energies LARGER than Planck scale? Or is that a meaningless question? Does ...
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Why can the Euler beta function be interpreted as a scattering amplitude?

The Wikipedia article on the Veneziano Amplitude claims that the Euler beta function can be interpretted as a scattering amplitude. Why is this? In another word, when the Euler beta function is ...
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Where do $X_0^{-d}$ and $G'_r$ come from in Polchinski Eq. (6.2.13)?

I have a question about deriving Eq. (6.2.13) in Polchinski's string theory book volume I. It is claimed that Now consider the path integral with a product of tachyon vertex operators, ...
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Problem with OPE (from Polchinski) [closed]

I was reading Polchinski, Vol. 2 pag 12, while I found (10.3.12a): $$ e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(z)}=\frac{1}{2z} + i\partial H(0) + 2zT^H_B(0) + O(z^2).\tag{10.3.12a} $$ Now I tried to do the OPE, what I ...
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Superstring NS tachyon vertex operator

After reading some confusing chapter of various string theory book I'm trying to construct the Tachyon vertex operator for superstring theory. I know that this is removed after GSO projection, but for ...
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Correlator $bc$ system [closed]

I have da doubt with bc system. Polchinski says (2.5.10) $$ b(z)b(0)~=~O(z). \tag{2.5.10} $$ I tried to compute the correlation function With eom, using eq (2.5.6b) by Polchinki, removing the ...
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Polchinski Equation (10.4.7) [closed]

I'm having a problem to interpret eq. (10.4.7) in Polchinski: $$ \gamma(z)\delta(\gamma(0)) = O(z), \qquad \beta(z)\delta(\gamma(0)) = O(z^{-1}). $$ What does he mean by $\delta$? He tries to ...
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Connection between the M5 brane and (2, 0) superconformal field theory

I have read that the worldvolume theory of the M5 brane is a $(2, 0)$ superconformal field theory (SCFT). But I have also learnt from talks that the $(2, 0)$ theory lacks a Lagrangian description. ...
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Does string theory and preons exclude each other?

Does string theory contradict the theory of preons, especially the Harari-Shupe one?
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How is a string in string theory 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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Quantum corrections to holographic entanglement entropy

I was looking at this paper by Faulkner-Lewkowycz-Maldacena. They give a very interesting proposal of calculating one loop (i.e, 1/N) correction to EE from computing the EE between the bulk regions. ...
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Type I string theory on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$ and the K3 orbifold limit

Consider Type IIB string theory with 4 O7-planes and 32 D7-branes on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$. The K3 induces D3-charge on their world-volumes which can be cancelled by the introduction of ...
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D-brane tension of type I D9-branes after T-duality

Type I contains branes with a brane tension which is $\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}$ times that of type II branes. The reason is that, e.g., in the computation of the D9-D9 amplitude the open string is ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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Polchinski Exercise 2.2, can I show that a function is harmonic by applying $\partial\bar{\partial}$?

I'm working on the following exercise: Exercise 2.2: Work out explicitly the expression $$:X^{\mu_1}(z_1, \overline{z}_1) \dots X^{\mu_n}(z_n, \overline{z}_n): \qquad \qquad\qquad $$ $$ ...
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Relation between quarks and strings

In string theory, 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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Target Space Lorentz Invariance vs. World Sheet Weyl Invariance

The Polyakov action, $S\sim \int d^2\sigma\sqrt{\gamma}\, \gamma_{ab}\partial^a X^\mu \partial ^b X_\mu$, has the well known classical symmetries of world sheet diffeomorphism invariance, world ...
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Black hole entropy

Bekenstein and Hawking derived the expression for black hole entropy as, $$ S_{BH}={c^3 A\over 4 G \hbar}. $$ We know from the hindsight that entropy has statistical interpretation. It is a measure ...
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What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$?

What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$ that appears in ${\cal N}=8$ Supergravity and what are the basics properties? Moreover what is the relation with the Lie Algebra $E_7$? ...
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Maldacena's decoupling argument

I am a bit confused about Maldacena's original decoupling argument. There are two different low energy (i.e, $\alpha^\prime \to 0$) descriptions of the stack of D3-branes: $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM and ...
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D-branes in type II string theory

D-branes, as I currently understand them, are submanifolds of spacetime on which open strings can end with Dirichlet boundary conditions. On the other hand, type II string theory is a theory of ...
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Dimensional reduction of SUSY theories

I know that if one reduces 10 dimensional $\mathcal{N}=1$ SYM theory to 4 dimensions one gets $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM. There are other examples also. I have two related questions regarding this fact. ...
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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...
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Amplitude for a string to propagate from one point to another

In Zwiebach’s book sections 12.6 and 12.7 interesting aspects of the wave function of the string are discussed. In order to introduce my question first recall what happens with the relativistic ...
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In string theory, are strings really just one dimensional? [duplicate]

Is it possible that they are 3 dimensional? Or what if they are 10 dimensional? Is it allowed that they are more than just one dimensional?
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Mathematics needed for string theory [duplicate]

I'm interested in cutting edge string theory studied by research physicist. I'm wonder what mathematics is needed and how far am I in terms of mathematics background needed and how much more ...
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How can one calculate the central term of the conformal field theory algebra (and show it's really the virasoro algebra)?

So I'm following Szabo's book "An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics (2nd ed, 2011); still on the canonical treatment in chapter 3. After doing a mode expansion, we get (up to a ...
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How to make a string theory without gravity?

Is there a way to take a string theory, and produce from it a string theory which does not contain gravity? I.e., effectively remove the graviton and it's states from the theory.
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Instantons and Fivebranes

What is the general relationship between instantons and fivebranes? In the paper ``Magnetic Monopoles in String Theory'' by Gauntlett, Harvey and Liu, the authors state the fivebrane ansatz of ...
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Superstrings in the 10th Dimension [closed]

Physicists say that the superstrings vibrating in the 10th dimension are what create the subatomic particles that make up our universe and all other possible universes as well. If that is true, ...
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Can Loop Quantum Gravity connect in any way with string theory?

The one difficulty I see with LQG is that it requires an enormous number of degrees of freedom, e.g. these spin variables in the net. This is in contrast to stringy holographic theory where the ...
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Resource for (String) Symmetry Breaking in Terms of Roots and Weights?

I'm currently searching, for quite a while now, for a paper/book that discusses symmetry breaking in terms of roots and weights. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Dirichlet boundary conditions in space-time?

In the context of string theory, and world sheets the Dirichlet boundary conditions can be written as: $$\frac{\partial X^\mu(\tau,\sigma_1)}{\partial \tau}=0$$ where $\sigma_1$ is the value of the ...
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The Nambu-Goto action how do we know the Hamilton's principle applies?

I am reading 'A first course in string theory' by Barton Zwiebach (2ed) on page 112 he comes up (after a small derivation) the action formula: $$S=-\frac{T_0}{c} \int d\tau d \sigma \sqrt{-\gamma}.$$ ...
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Decoupling of Weyl factor in critical dimension

In his paper called "Quantum geometry of bosonic strings", A.M.Polyakov quantizes a bosonic string using path integrals over the space of all metrics on the worldsheet. A critical dimension renders $D ...
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Why does a certain covariant derivative of the stress-energy tensor vanish due to diffeomorphism invariance?

In Polchinski's string theory volume 1, at chap 1.2, after equation 1.2.22, he says $$\nabla_{a}T^{ab}=0$$ as a consequence of diffeomorphism invariance. But I cannot derive it. My derivation is ...
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Closed strings = open ones attached to a D0-brane?

I decided recently (to try) to learn String Theory, however from the beginning some newbie questions came up, which haven't given me a break. For this reason, I decided to ask some of them. I'd prefer ...
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What is background independence and how important is it?

What is background independence and how important is it? In order to be a theory of everything, will the final string-theory/m-theory have to be background independent? Does the current lack of ...
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator [duplicate]

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Do neutrinos refract?

The most benign of interactions is refraction. While neutrinos rarely interact with matter in a sense like the photoelectric effect, does that mean that they don't refract either?
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What is $\mathcal{N}=2$ QED?

I would like to know is $\mathcal{N}=2$ QED is simply a $\mathcal{N}=2$ theory with gauge group $U(1)$ like in normal QED? If not, exactly what theory is it? Is there some reference for it?
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Mathematician learning theoretical physics [duplicate]

EDIT: I was aware of the supposed duplicate. But I'm interested in a clear and focused path through the basics to advanced theoretical physics such as string theory - a path that avoids studying ...
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Fourier transformation and mode expansions [duplicate]

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Geometric/Visual Interpretation of Virasoro Algebra

I've been trying to gain some intuition about Virasoro Algebras, but have failed so far. The Mathematical Definition seems to be clear (as found in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virasoro_algebra). I ...
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Fourier transformation and commutators

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...