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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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 world-...
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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 S^...
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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 ...
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Why don't closed strings's world-sheets have boundaries?

I have been told that the world-sheet described by a closed string is a world-sheet without boundaries. On the contrary, the world-sheet described by an open string has boundaries. I do see why the ...
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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 generations'...
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Is string theory really science? [closed]

According to Karl Popper's theory of demarcation, science should be falsifiable but string theory is yet to be tested experimentally as It will require at least 19 TeV of energy to prove it which is ...
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On black holes, Hawking radiation and gravitational atoms

Over the past hour or so I've been following one of my standard physics-based, wanders-through-the-internet. Specifically, I began by reviewing some details of dark energy theory but soon found myself ...
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Are virtual exchange particles real or just mathematical? [duplicate]

When an electron exchanges a virtual photon with another electron or proton, is the virtual photon a real particle or just a mathematical construct? In string theory, the force carrier particles of ...
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Does Cauchy horizons in AdS have dual picture in the dual Cft?

The AdS/Cft correspondance has kindle interest in anti-de Sitter and asymptotically AdS spacetimes which are non globally hyperbolic. That means Cauchy horizon forms in these spacetimes. Moreover, ...
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Sources that explain strings between two branes, where one brane ends on the other

I can't seem to find a source that explains what happens when there are strings between one brane and another brane, where one brane ends on the other brane. For example, consider a D3-brane ending on ...
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Physical interpretation of the creation operators in string theory?

Is there any way to describe phsycially which each creation operator $a^{(i)+}_{n}$ in string theory does to the ground state string? Here would be my guess (although it is likely to be totally wrong)...
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In M-theory, are strings created by membranes?

In M-theory there are 2- and 5-branes, but where are the one-dimensional strings which are responsible for all the particles? Can 5-branes turn into 1-dimensional strings due to compactification?
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How to derive the effective action or Vertex generating functional of complex scalar field?

I am studying-self QFT. Recently, I am studying and trying to follow the calculation of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional of superconductor in this paper:http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0108256. ...
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In M theory, can a fundamental open string attach to a M5 brane?

I only saw a couple of pages online that showed this so i guess I'll ask on here, can fundamental open 1 string end on an M5 brane?
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Euler density of two-dimensional manifolds

I am asking this question after reading this post: What is Euler Density?. For a two dimensional manifold, the Euler density is given by: \begin{equation} E_2=2R_{1212} \end{equation} (note that $...
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In M Theory, what does the M5 brane look like?

In M theory, the fundamental 1 strings are made out of the compactification of an M2 brane. In String Theory: Volume 2, Superstring Theory and Beyond By Joseph Polchinski Pg. 204 He states that ...
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Background independent string theory

I don't really understand what one actually means when one says about doing string theory in a background independent way. Apparently B. Sathiapalan is the only person (as far as I know from ...
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Why does the Weyl transformation preserve angles in string theory?

The Weyl invariance symmetry of the Polyakov action is said to be considered as the invariance of the theory under a local change of scale which preserves the angles between all lines. However, why ...
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Mathematics involved in string theory [duplicate]

As an amateur mathematician and lover of the sciences I have a well working knowledge of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, general relativity, quantization, and so on... But recently I've been ...
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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 space-...
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Does string theory have a notion of vacuum?

Does string theory have a notion of vacuum? If yes, what is known about it?
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constructing string path integral through Markov chain procedure

We all know the textbook way of constructing the path integral for a point particle. It goes approximately like this (if relativistic). Say we want the propagator $\Delta(x_\text{in},x_\text{out}) = \...
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Diiference between three squashed sphere and three sphere and number of susy

First I know that three sphere $S^3$ and squashed sphere $S_b^3$ \begin{align} S_{b}^{3} = \begin{array} & R^2 \times S_{r}, \quad r=b, \quad b\rightarrow 0 \\ R^2 \times S_{r}, \quad r=\frac{1}{b}...
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Can pure-bosonic string theories exist in curved spacetime?

Question: Can there be a consistent non-supersymmetric pure-bosonic string theory in some curved spacetimes? Reason: Since fields with certain amount of negative mass can exist in curved spacetime (...
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Does string theory pose a photon mass problem?

A few weeks ago, I started reading books on string theory. One thing that really seemed confusing or contradictory was that string theory explains that the energy of a superstring gives mass to the ...
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Hypermultiplet as BPS particles

In the third paragraph of page 7 of the paper arxiv:1112.3984 it mentions that we form a basis out of hypermultiplets on the charge lattice $\Gamma$. My questions are: In what sense do we form such ...
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Concerning topology of BPS states of the M5-brane

My question is about the M5-brane in M-theory. I would like to know whether the BPS states of the M5-brane worldvolume theory (especially the 1/2 BPS and 1/4 BPS ones) are independent of the topology ...
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How does the holographic principle apply to the $n$ dimensional space of String Theory?

The holographic principle is a property of string theories and a supposed property of quantum gravity that states that the description of a volume of space can be thought of as encoded on a boundary ...
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M-theory and Mathematics [closed]

If the framework of M-theory is the right path for a unification of gravity with quantum mechanics, is it obligatory to believe that, at a certain level, reality is not just easily describable by ...
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Can someone explain about M-theory? [closed]

Can someone explain about M-theory? I am very new to M-theory and string theory. I am very through with classical physics and little bits of quantum mechanics. Will you be able to explain why the ...