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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Projection that keeps graviton but gets rid of B-field

We consider the closed superstring and the massless states in the (NS,NS)-sector \begin{equation} \tilde{b}^i_{-\frac{1}{2}} |0\rangle_L \otimes b^j_{-\frac{1}{2}} |0\rangle_R. \end{equation} It is ...
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How can extra (non-curled up) dimensions be hidden from us?

Wikipedia says: If extra dimensions exist, they must be hidden from us by some physical mechanism. One well-studied possibility is that the extra dimensions may be "curled up" at such tiny ...
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Operator product expansion energy momentum tensor

We have the following equation from Polchinski (2.4.6) $$ T(z)X^{\mu}(0) \sim \frac{1}{z}\partial X^{\mu}(0) , \tag{2.4.6} $$ where $T(z)$ is defined as $T(z) = -\frac{1}{\alpha'} :\partial X^{\mu} ...
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Why are there no branes in heterotic string theory?

Why does the heterotic string (or heterotic supergravity) have no brane solutions? According to David Tong's notes: the heterotic string doesn’t have (finite energy) D-branes. This is due to an ...
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What happens to M2 and M5 brane solutions upon orbifolding?

M-theory has M2 and M5 brane solutions. Suppose M-theory is compactified on $\mathbb{R}^{10} \times S^{1}/\mathbb{Z}_2$, what happens to the M2 and M5 brane solutions? How does one define the near ...
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What equation do we use to measure the energy level of a string, to determine it's “particle correlation”

If string theory happened to be correct, and a point-particle is replaced with a string, there is a direct correlation between the vibrating frequency of the string and the particle it produces. I was ...
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When can a $k$-cycle wrap around a manifold?

According to the paper ``Heterotic and Type I String Dynamics from Eleven Dimensions'' (page 7): Even when the topology is wrong -- for instance on $\mathbb{R}^{11}$ where there is no two-cycle ...
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Critical Dimension of Bosonic Strings and Regularization of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n$

If $D$ is critical dimension of Bosonic strings, a particular derivation goes like the following, where we arrive finally at $$ \frac{D-2}{2}\sum_{n=1}^\infty n + 1 = 0. $$ Now mathematically this is ...
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How to find de Sitter and almost de Sitter solutions in (super)string theory

From Cosmology, we have learned that we live in an almost de Sitter (positively accelerated!) Universe. It seems that dS space solutions in superstring/theory are problematic and there are some no-go ...
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Given the extension of a NS5-brane, can we find the extension of the T-dual KK5-brane?

My question is about the relation between the Kaluza-Klein 5-brane and the NS5-brane and the effective dimensionality of the KK5 brane. To my knowledge, the KK5 is defined as the T-dual of the NS5, ...
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AdS/CFT-duality: How does the $U(1)$ decouple form the $U(N)$?

A stack of N coincident D3-branes on its world-volume describe, at the lowest order in $\alpha'$ and in absence of non-trivial background fields, a supersymmetric $U(N)$ gauge theory as explained in ...
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Projector and delta function on a cycle $\Sigma$ of a manifold $\mathcal{M}_6$

In the paper ``Hierarchies from Fluxes in String Compactifications'' by Giddings, Kachru and Polchinski, the following example is considered for a localized source that may have negative tension (my ...
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Canonical commutation relations in Light-cone gauge

It seems that when trying to identify the physical degrees of freedom for the string some authors$^1$ use: $$ q^-=\frac{1}{\ell}\int_0^{\ell} X^-(\tau,\sigma)d\sigma$$ Then, the commutation relation ...
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Advantage of string theory over other theory-of-everything candidates

I am getting curious over why string theory, especially M-theory, is the most popular candidate for the theory of everything. It seems that all candidates of the theory of everything lack substantial ...
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Polchinski, (0,0) picture vertex operator

I am currently working through chapter 12 of Polchinski and am confused as to how the equation $(12.3.39)$ for the (0,0) picture vertex operator arises. From the text: The state–operator mapping ...
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Charged black holes and AdS/CFT

People generalize the statements of AdS/CFT correspondence by adding black hole (charged black hole) in the gravity theory to provide the dual gauge theory finite temperature (finite density). I have ...
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Equations of motion for Polyakov action

In Polchinski 2.1.10 we have the action in terms of complex coordinates $$S = \frac{1}{2\pi \alpha'} \int d^{2}z \partial X^{\mu}\bar{\partial}X_{\mu}\tag{2.1.10}$$ This should be a rather trivial ...
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Recommendations for time-line and road map in graduate school towards specializing in Maldacena's conjecture

This question was asked on Theoretical Physics Stackexchange and was grossly misread and closed. I am again posting the question here hoping to get some valuable insights. Also some people were ...
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Question regarding moduli space of a Calabi-Yau manifold

On page 132 of "Introduction to Supergravity" by Horiatiu Nastase, the author says: On $M = CY_3$ (Calabi-Yau space) there are $b_3$ topologically nontrivial 3-surfaces, for which we can define a ...
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How to find the rank of the matrix $\frac{\partial ^2\mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{X^\mu} \partial \dot{X^\nu} }$ for the Nambu-Goto string Lagrangian?

In this case $$\mathcal{L}~=~-T\sqrt{-\dot{X^2}X'^2+(\dot{X}\cdot X')^2}.$$ I was reading some books and papers about the constraints in the Nambu-Goto action, and all of them say something like ...
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Reduction of Nambu Goto action to true degrees of freedom

First consider the particle $$S=m\int\sqrt{-\dot{X}^2}d\tau$$ if you choose the static gauge $\tau=X^0$ and replace it in the action you get $$=m\int\sqrt{1-\dot{X}^j\dot{X}^j}d\tau$$ So now, you ...
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What happens at the center of a black hole according to holographic theory?

As far as I understand, the AdS/CFT correspondence proposed by Maldacena is an exact duality to a four-dimensional theory, which interpolates between one well-defined conformal field theory in the UV ...
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Ishibashi states and Cardy states in CFT

What are the Ishibashi states and Cardy states in CFTs? I am familiar with conformal field theory language. It would be great if someone can discuss about the basic idea of these states and their ...
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What laws are the same in all string theory compactifications?

In the string theory landscape, the set of particles we observe, their masses and interaction strengths originate from one of many different possible compactifications. What fundamental physical ...
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Topological strings: Why is the complex structure for $T^2$ denoted as $\tau$ in string theory?

In these notes by Vafa on topological string theory he says in page 7 that the moduli of the 2-torus can be repackaged into two quantities: $$A=iR_1/R_2 \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \tau=iR_2/R_1$$ where $A$ ...
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Why are right hand neutrinos unaffected by all forces except gravity

I'm curious as to something I read on Berkeley's website. Does anyone happen to know why, according to this model,right hand neutrinos are unaffected by all forces except gravity? (Model taken from ...
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Monstrous Moonshine outside of String Theory

My question concerns applications of monstrous moonshine, which is the connection between the $j$-function and the monster group. Recently, physicists have applied it to string theory and, ultimately, ...
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Why are closed strings with different perioidicities equivalent?

I was typing up some lecture notes the other day when I saw something unclear. While talking about bosonic open and closed strings and the Polyakov action, the notes say we don't need to distinguish ...
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Traces in different representation

I am actually working with Green-Schwarz anomaly cancellation mechanism in which I have came across a strange formula which relates trace in the adjoint representation (Tr) to trace in fundamental ...
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Facing a problem in Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, John Schwarz's String Theory

In BBS's string theory book, in the equation (2.143), it says that $$\text{tr} \omega ^N=\prod _{n=1}^{\infty } \left(\prod _{i=1}^{24} \text{tr} \omega ^{\alpha _{-n}^i \:\alpha _n^i}\right)=\prod ...
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Quark-gluon plasma: status [closed]

Can we say that a QGP has been observed or is there only suggestive evidence? Is the idea that string theory, through the AdS/CFT correspondence, could help to understand this new state of matter ...
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Conversion of the Polyakov action into the Nambo-Goto action?

I've read that the Polyakov action using an intrinsic metric $h_{\alpha\beta}$ $$\tag{1} S_P ~=~ -\frac{T}{2}\int d^2 \sigma \sqrt{-h}h^{\alpha\beta} \partial_{\alpha}X^{\mu}\partial_{\beta}X^{\nu} ...
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Elementary question about global supersymmetry of a worldsheet [closed]

I'm reading chapter 4 of the book by Green, Schwarz and Witten. They consider an action $$ S = -\frac{1}{2\pi} \int d^2 \sigma \left( \partial_\alpha X^\mu \partial^\alpha X_\mu - i \bar \psi^\mu ...
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Branes at the conifold

Consider $N$ $D3$-branes at the singularity of the conifold. This particular example can be viewed as a $AdS_{5} \times T^{1,1}$ in the near horizon limit, where the Einstein manifold has isometry ...
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Polchinski equation 11.2.7

In Polchinski's string theory volume 2, when discussing the GSO projection for the heterotic string he says: In the IIA and IIB superstrings the GSO projection acted separately on the left- and ...
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Does Conformal Invariance of the Polyakov Action in Conformal Gauge imply Conformal Invariance of the Pre-gauge-fixed Polyakov Action?

In bosonic string theory the Polyakov action can be put in into conformal gauge. It is then possible to show that the resulting gauge fixed action is conformally invariant. Actually it's shown that ...
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Could M-Theory explain dark matter as well as dark energy?

Is it possible that M-Theory provides a solution to the mystery of dark matter and dark energy? The idea of dark matter and dark energy is that there is some inexplicable source affecting our ...
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Dirac Matrix property suitable to finding sets of intersecting branes

So, 11 dimensional supergravity has four oft-studied half-BPS states, the KK1 plane wave, the M2 brane, the M5 brane and the KK6 monopole. To figure out if we can find more solutions in the form of ...
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String theory book comparision : Polchinski and Blumenhagen,Lust & Theisen [closed]

I have studied Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity, and now wish to study string theory. I have gone through the book recommendation questions on this site (1, 2) which are very helpful. ...
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What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings?

What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings? I mean the basic object in the theory is (closed) string and they have interactions among them. The string theory, as I ...
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Polchinski Equation (7.2.4)

On page 209 of Polchinski's string theory book he writes down the expectation value of a product of vertex operators on the torus; equation $(7.2.4)$. The derivation is analogous to an earlier ...
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Standard derivation of Witt algebra

I have been studying Conformal field theory for the past one week from the books by Blumenhagen and Di Francesco etal. If I understand correctly, whenever one talks of 'local (infinitesimal) ...
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Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics and the existence of a mass gap?

Quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, is the theory describing the strong nuclear force. Carried by gluons, it binds quarks into particles like protons and neutrons. According to the theory, the tiny ...
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Chiral Scale and Conformal Invariance in 2D QFT

I am reading a paper by Hofman and Strominger. In the appendix A, I have reproduced the equations (A10). Now they made a statement that "The Jacobi identity can be used to show that $O_h$ and $O_p$ ...
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Is there a Ramond vacuum for real fermions?

When studying the CFT of a complex fermion $\Psi$ we know that if it's periodic, ie if $$\Psi(\sigma_1+2\pi,\sigma_2)=\Psi(\sigma_1,\sigma_2)$$ then there is a doubly degenerate Ramond vacuum which I ...
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Why holographic renormalization?

Why is there a need to perform holographic renormalization for the normal $AdS_5\times S^5$/CFT$_4$ correspondence if the brane theory is conformal? Since the flow along the AdS direction $r$ is ...
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Elliptic genus; What is it within string/M-theory?

What is the elliptic genus (see also Witten index) in string/M-theory and (susy gauge)field theory constructions out of them? What does it tell us heuristically and what is its relation to the ...
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why does string theory require holography?

string theory solve the high energy gravity problem by making it mushier: Warped Passages - 14 - String Theory’s Origins Strings—unlike quarks—have no hard scattering processes. They have ...
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Vertex operator and normal ordering

The two point function, or propagator for a free massless boson, $\phi$ in 2 dimensions is given by, $$\begin{equation} \langle \phi (z,\bar{z})\phi(w, \bar{w})\rangle ~=~ ...
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D-branes wrapping divisors and/or cycles

What is the difference between a divisor and a homology cycle? What is the difference between a D-brane wrapped around a divisor and a D-brane wrapped around a cycle?