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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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. ...
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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. ...
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Boundary condition for holographic Green's function

I understand that to obtain retarded Green's function using AdS/CFT one needs to put ingoing wave boundary condition at the horizon, when one is considering a finite temperature system. For system ...
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What exactly is a fundamental string as opposed to a D-string?

What exactly is a "fundamental string" in string theory? For bosonic string theory we have the bosonic string inside a 26-dimensional target space. Introducing supersymmetry, we have the ...
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What is the meaning of the UV =? IR statement in String theory

I was looking through these notes http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/string/six.pdf and on page 146 it says "This corresponds to the fact that any putative UV divergence of string theory can always ...
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Why does string theory require 9 dimensions of space and one dimension of time?

String theorists say that there are many more dimensions out there, but they are too small to be detected. However, I do not understand why there are ten dimensions and not just any other number? ...
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Why will a Fourier transform of a pickup placed at the middle of a string only result in odd harmonics?

My physics teacher explained a lot of information about strings but he never went in depth with my question. What happens to the even harmonics and why are the odd ones the only ones picked up?
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What are the definitions and the differences between string “background” and string “vacuum”?

In cosmology one studies perturbations around FRW metric classically (pure GR, we say that we perturbe the FWR "background"). In QFT we have perturbation theory quantistically (we expand around a ...
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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?
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The size of extra dimensions

Supposing we have a model, like the String one, which predicts (or requires) $N$ spacetimes dimensions, for the precision let's talk only about space dimensions. What is the process, the rule or the ...
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Fluctuating string in AdS black hole

People frequently use fluctuating string in AdS black hole (see 1,2,3 etc) to study dynamics of a "free external quark" in quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) at finite temperature. The background black hole ...
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Is it possible to calculate the shape of extra dimensions?

According to Brian Greene it is possible to calculate the physical constants from the shape of the extra dimensions. Is it possible to do the inverse, so predict the shape of these dimensions from the ...
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Target space Lorentz symmetry of superstrings in noncritical dimensions

Is the target space Lorentz symmetry of noncritical strings ($D \neq 26$) or superstrings ($D \neq 10$) broken or is it not? Naive arguments suggest that the mentioned anomaly does not exist, since ...
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Where does E8 come from in M-Theory?

Where does the E8 symmetry comes from in M-Theory? For example when you compactify one of the dimensions on a line you get E8xE8 heterotic string theory. Or if you compactify 11D Supergravity ...
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Why did the inflation era not produce decompactification of the extra dimensions of string theory?

My question is undoubtedly naive, due to lack of background, but any answers, or simply comments with short explanations of my incorrect assumptions, would be appreciated. I must point out this ...
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Constant in Regge trajectory

The Regge trajectory in QCD is given by $$m=\sqrt{\frac{J}{\alpha}-\alpha_0},$$ where $m$ is the mass and $J$ is the angular momentum of the hadrons, $\alpha=(4\pi\sigma)^{-1}$ is the inverse QCD ...
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General Relativity - Einstein field equation and quantum field theory

Einstein field equation has many solutions. Out of them, is there any solution that is incompatible with quantum field theory? Also, what solutions of Einstein field equation would be incompatible ...
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Orbifold with discrete torsion

I'm trying to understand some of the early works of Vafa and Witten [1-3]. The way I look at orbifolds is they are the quotient space $M/G$. This is simply a quotient manifold when the action of $G$ ...
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Could the gauged six-dimensional chiral supergravity model explain dark matter, as well as gravity?

I was reading a paper on 6-dimensional supergravity http://www.math.ist.utl.pt/~strings/MTST2/audio/pope1.pdf after watching a sixty symbols video on it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4eXU8VHM2g ...
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What's between the branes?

So I'm doing my best to explain M Theory to some friends... Mind you, I'm no expert... When we finally got past the obstacle of more than three dimensions... which can be difficult for folks who ...
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Undergrad in QFT/GR looking to do string theory Ph.D [closed]

I am currently a third year undergrad in physics who is currently taking QFT and GR. I took these classes just out of pure interest in the subjects but I find that my mind is being blown almost every ...
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Naked Singularity and AdS/CFT

I am a bit confused about the status of naked singularities that appear in black hole physics and more so in the context of AdS/CFT. Here is what I know about this in brief. For a charged ...
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Modes of a quantum string

It has been said that particle identity relates to vibrational modes of its quantum string. However, I have not seen the identification of a particle related to a specific vibrational mode. At a ...
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Introduction to AdS/CFT

AdS/CFT seems like a really hot topic and I'd like to start reading about. I am looking for the best introduction at my level, i.e. I have a background in QFT, CFT and general relativity at the level ...
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Supersymmetry breaking and normalizable zero modes

Why does supersymmetry always lead to normalizable zero modes? For example, it is stated in the paper by Michelson and Kaplan (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9510053) that we can assume, without loss of ...
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Estimating volume of moduli space of genus-g Riemann surface with n marked points

I wanted to know how can I estimate the volume of the moduli space of a Riemann surface of genus $g$ and having $n$ marked points. I am reading some old string theory papers which discuss divergences ...
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Near horizon limit of near-extreamal black brane

It is known that the near horizon limit of a ($d+1$) dimensional extremal charged black hole (BH) is $AdS_2\times S^{d-1}$. I was looking at this paper by Faulkner et al. They consider a ($d+1$) ...
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What would happen if two branes collided and stuck together?

There is a theory that the universe began when two "branes" bumped each other, creating the energy that sparked the beginning of our universe. What if instead of separating, they actually stuck, ...
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Why (in relatively non-technical terms) are Calabi-Yau manifolds favored for compactified dimensions in string theory?

I was hoping for an answer in general terms avoiding things like holonomy, Chern classes, Kahler manifolds, fibre bundles and terms of similar ilk. Simply, what are the compelling reasons for ...
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Linear Dilaton CFT

I´m doing the exercises on the Tong lectures of String Theory, in particular Problem Sheet 2: Consider the tensor: $T(z) = \frac{-1}{\alpha '} :\partial X(z) \partial X(z): - Q \partial^2 X$. By ...
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How many dimensions our universe consists of?

Omnibus science convinces us in that we live within three-dimensional space. The coordinate measuring units XYZ. Quite controversial, but there are some legitimate theories clarifying why we live in ...
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Can two closed strings in string theory be tangled?

Can two closed strings in string theory be tangled? Like two elements in an iron chain linked together by one going through the other.
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DBI action with Weyl Invariance

The DBI action, given by $S_{Dp}=-T_p\int d^{p+1}\xi e^{-\phi(\xi)}\sqrt{-\textrm{det}\left(G_{ab}(\xi)+B_{ab}(\xi)+2\pi{\alpha}'F_{ab}(\xi)\right)}$ is diff and Poincaré invariant. I want to ...
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Derivation of the Polyakov Action

As is usually done when first presenting string theory, the Nambu-Goto Action, $$ S_{\text{NG}}:=-T\int d\tau d\sigma \sqrt{-g} $$ ($g:=\det (g_{\alpha \beta})$ is the induced metric on the ...
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What experiment would disprove string theory?

I know that there's big controversy between two groups of physicists: those who support string theory (most of them, I think) and those who oppose it. One of the arguments of the second group is ...
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M-theory compactified on $S^4$

I am trying to understand what happens to the 32 supersymmetries of M-theory when it is compactified on $S^4$, with the other seven dimensions being flat, e.g., $\mathbb{R^7}$, $\mathbb{R^6} \times ...
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Does String theory say that spacetime is not fundamental but should be considered an emergent phenomenon?

Does String theory say that spacetime is not fundamental but should be considered an emergent phenomenon? If so, can quantum mechanics describe the universe at high energies where there is no ...
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Bosonic M-theory and moonshine gravity

Last month I asked about a 27-dimensional origin of the heterotic string. Now I'm looking at Witten's "Three-dimensional gravity revisited", where he proposes that pure gravity on AdS3 is dual to the ...
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Wick Theorem, ordering & CFT

I'm having a little trouble with correlation functions wick theorem and ordering in the context of OPE and CFT, for string theory. (1) My first question, the propagator is: $$<X(z) X(w)> = ...
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M5 brane zero modes

The Euclidean M5 brane worldvolume has an anti self-dual 3-form and two negative chirality spinors. The spinors can couple to the SO(5) gauge fields of the normal bundle, but the 3-form cannot couple ...
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Regularization of the 1-dimensional Laplacian

Disclaimer: this is a technical question about regularization of functional determinants which comes from a person with (relatively) strong background in QFT, string theory and path integrals, who ...
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How are fermions describes by M theory?

How are particles like electrons described by M theory? Are they closed strings like gravitons, or are they open strings connected to an M2 or M5 brane?
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In M theory, is a baryon a D4 brane with three strings attached?

I've read in a few string theory documents, with 10d space time, that a baryon is a D4 brane with 3 strings attached (each being a quark), but what about in 11d M theory?
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Is electron/positron annihilation to two gravitons forbidden?

This follows from the question Can stress energy tensor vanish in general relativity?. What I'm really asking is whether electron/positron annihilation to two gravitons is allowed, but the obvious ...
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$2+1$ dimensional physics theory of our universe?

Is there any physics theory that depicts our universe as $2+1$ dimensional? I heard that black holes seem to suggest that the world might be $2+1$ dimensional, so I am curious whether such theory ...
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Trouble proving $\frac{1}{4\pi}\int_Md\tau\,d\sigma\,\sqrt{-\gamma}\,R$ is Weyl invariant

Consider the Polyakov action $$S[x^{\mu},\gamma_{ab}]=-\frac{1}{4\pi\alpha'}\int_M d\tau\,d\sigma\,\sqrt{-\gamma}\gamma^{ab}\partial_ax^{\mu}\partial_ax_{\mu}$$ Consider the case of a closed string. ...
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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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What are the implications of the Holographic principle?

What are the implications for the Holographic principle? I understand the basics of the principle, the relationship with black holes and string theory but what this is going to tell us? Does it help ...