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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picture and isomorphisms

I found a paper by A. Belopolsky : "Picture changing operators in supergeometry and superstring theory" where he says there exists a possible physical state in one picture that doesn't exist in ...
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Ж (“zhe”) in string theory?

I was just recently watching a TED talk about string theory, by Thad Roberts, and at around 11:10 into the video he mentions a constant for maximum spacial curvature called "zhe" (the Cyrillic symbol ...
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Alternative Critical Dimensions in String Theory

Is it possible to write down a Lagrangian for a string theory with a critical dimension different than the familiar 10 or 26? How could one find a string theory Lagrangian for a given dimension? Could ...
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Is Poincare recurrence relevant to our universe?

If the theory of everything indicates a singularity-free and finite universe, will Poincare recurrence be relevant to the universe? If so, is there any interesting physical consequence, e.g. in ...
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Differential Operators in Polyakov Action

What do the differential operators in the Polyakov action mean? How does one derive the Polyakov action and treat the differential operators?
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Is mean field theory self-consistency analogous to string theory consistency?

My question is vague, so I'm hoping the answers will help me ask more concrete questions and maybe produce some interesting discussion. In mean field theory, say for the Ising model, we treat the ...
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Zwiebach quick calculation 2.5

I am working through Zwiebach's a first course in string theory. It's been a while since I did any math (or physics!), and I am stuck on the following problem (quick calculation 2.5 in the book): ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the Papadodimas/Raju mirror operators?

In this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.6335, the authors discuss the firewall problem and contruct so called mirror operators appearing in the correlation function. The key part seems to be (2.6) ...
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about the Atiyah-Segal axioms on topological quantum field theory

Trying to go through the page on Topological quantum field theory - The original Atiyah-Segal axioms - "Let $\Lambda$ be a commutative ring with 1, Atiyah originally proposed the axioms of a ...
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How to get a $\mathcal{N}=2$ SuperYang-Mills Lagrangian from a quiver

How can one write down the $\mathcal{N}=2$ SuperYang-Mills Lagrangian given a quiver graph? For concreteness consider the quiver $$(2)-(4)-[6]$$ where the node $(2)$ corresponds to a $U(2)$ factor ...
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Commutator as a time-ordered product

I'm reading through Seiberg and Witten's paper "String Theory and Noncommutative Geometry," and one part in $\S$2.1 isn't quite clear to me. (Sorry, in advance, for the length.) My question is about ...
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Topological ground state degeneracy of SU(N), SO(N), Sp(N) Chern-Simons theory

We know that level-k Abelian 2+1D Chern-Simons theory on the $T^2$ spatial torus gives ground state degeneracy($GSD$): $$GSD=k$$ How about $GSD$ on $T^2$ spatial torus of: SU(N)$_k$ level-k ...
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Stringy corrections to Friedmann equation

Does anyone know a reference or a paper which discusses string theory correction to Friedmann equations?
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What is the need to consider a singular spacetime?

To have a consistent superstring theory (which is to avoid the conformal anomaly on the worldsheet CFT) we are forced to build our theory on the critical dimension $n=10$. However, the Standard ...
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How does a gauge theory probe a spacetime singularity?

Within the framework of string theory, I have read in numerous articles such as the introduction of this this in which it is stated that the gauge theories living on a stack of D-branes can be used to ...
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Regulating an infinite sum in the $bc$ CFT

The EM tensor of the $bc$-CFT is $$ T(z) = \colon \partial b c \colon - \lambda \partial \colon b c \colon $$ After expanding in a mode expansion, we find $$ T(z) = \sum_{m} \frac{1}{z^{m+2}} \sum_n ...
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Fundamental group of Calabi-Yau 3-fold in string theory

In string theory, we compactify a 10-dimensional space by a Calabi-Yau 3-fold to reduce the dimension to 4. To get a reasonable theory, a Calabi-Yau 3-fold should satisfy some properties. One is the ...
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S-Matrix, String theory, Matrix mechanics and Quantum Mechanics

I'm trying to learn theoretical physics up to string theory. I know linear algebra, calculus 1+2, complex analysis. I know the basics of homology, homotopy, group theory and differential geometry. Now ...
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Is Conformal Symmetry Local or Global?

I'm just brushing up on a bit of CFT, and I'm trying to understand whether conformal symmetry is local or global in the physics sense. Obviously when the metric is viewed as dynamical then the ...
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electric, magnetic and level quantization for a SU(N), SO(N) and a compact U(1) Chern-Simons theory

Imagine three different worlds describe by three theories (I), (II), (III). Theory (I) - compact U(1) Chern-Simons: A compact U(1) Chern-Simons theory with magnetic monopole charges $m_1$. ...
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Moduli Stabilization in 6D Einstein-Maxwell theory - Fluxes and O3 planes

I'd like to do the maths for the moduli stabilization of 6D Einstein-Maxwell Gravity $$ S= \int d^6X \sqrt{-G_6}(M_6^4R_6[G_6]-M_6^2|F_2|^2), $$ where the 6D metric is specified by $$ ds^2 = ...
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S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...
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Orbifold CFT of SU(2)/G and SO(3)/G

In this paper by Dijkgraaf, Vafa, Verlinde, Verlinde, orbifold CFT is discussed. In that paper, it outlined that orbifold CFT provides a way to generate the new theories from the old known ones. ...
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What constrains ghost fields $c^+$ and $b_{++}$ as $z$ going to infinity

In Green's superstring theory, Chapter 3, from equation 3.3.13 to 3.3.18, the author says that the singularity behavior of the ghost field $c^+$ must be no faster than $z^2$ as $z$ goes to infinity. ...
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Normalizability of the Hartle-Hawking state in Liouville theory

I'm confused about how to normalize the Hartle-Hawking state in 2D quantum gravity. We can compute the HH state for two circles of length $\ell_1$ and $\ell_2$ in the matrix model as $\langle ...
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Applications of quarks or string theory? [closed]

We wouldn't have computers if we didn't know about quantum physics. I understand understanding of general relativity is needed to make GPS work well. Has knowledge of quarks or string theory resulted ...
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What happens if the holonomy group lies in $SU(2)$ for a CY 3-fold?

I am a mathematician and reading a physics paper about the holonomy group of Calabi-Yau 3-folds. In that paper, a Calabi-Yau 3-fold $X$ is defined as a compact 3-dimensional complex manifold with ...
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A question about T duality

Normally T-duality is introduced perturbatively by computing world-sheet spectrum of fundamental strings, and one of the conclusions is that it switches between momentum mode and winding mode of ...
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Explicit calculation of bosonic string Weyl invariance at one loop

I have been trying to do all the calculations in the Green, Schwarz and Witten Superstring Theory textbook. At the end of chapter 3, the author did one-loop calculation for Weyl invariance for the ...
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String Theory- Are strings the end? What are they made of? [duplicate]

Although I have informed myself in string theory through reading books and watching videos, I do not know or understand what superstrings are made of. History has definitely shown us that when we ...
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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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Proof that higher genus surface admits a metric of negative Ricci scalar everywhere

In the Green, Schwarz and Witten Superstring Theory textbook, the paragraph below equation 3.3.15 says, For genus greater than one, it can be shown that the surface admits a metric of everywhere ...
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How can a string be unidimensional if they can be open ended or close ended?

I just don't understand how a object with 2 ends can be unidimensional.
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Fourier Expansions for Closed Strings and Parity

I'm revising some string basics, and have come across the following problem. For closed strings one introduces the worldsheet parity operator $$\Pi : \sigma \mapsto \ell-\sigma$$ where $\ell$ is the ...
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What are the AdS/CFT papers which study the stringy effects in the bulk? [closed]

I would like to know of a list of pedagogical/classic/nice papers that study stringy effects in the bulk. May be a sequence which a student follows to understand the stringy nature that is at play.
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Does String Theory explain wave-particle duality?

Does string theory explain the weird things that happens at the quantum level, especially wave-particle duality?
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What is the experimental status of the G2-MSSM?

The G2-MSSM is supposed to be the low-energy theory of a hypothetical class of M-theory compactifications studied by some phenomenologists. It is just the MSSM, but in a particular region of parameter ...
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F-Theory on Calabi-Yau manifolds

Why F-theory picks Calabi-Yau manifolds as backgrounds? Is there a similar argument like the one in heterotic/IIA,B which singles out Calabi-Yau manifolds based on the requirement of space-time ...
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Operator-state correspondence in QFT

The operator-state correspondence in CFT gives a 1-1 mapping between operators $\phi(z,\bar{z})$ and states $|\phi\rangle$, $$ |\phi\rangle=\lim_{z,\bar{z}\mapsto 0} \phi(z,\bar{z}) |0\rangle $$ where ...
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Dimensions of strings in string theory

In the above image taken from wikipedia, at the string level the strings have been shown as some loops, the article in wikipedia says that in string theory the particles at lower level are broken ...
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Within the context of string theory, is matter nothing more than a vibration on a membrane of space-time? [duplicate]

I've been reading about string theory, and as I understand it, it proposes that matter is nothing more than a vibration of a membrane of space-time. Is my understanding correct?
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What is matter within the context of string theory? [closed]

I've been reading about string theory, and as I understand it, it proposes that matter is nothing more than vibrating membranes of space-time. Is this correct?
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Effective action for bosonic string theory with enhanced symmetry

See these lecture http://members.ift.uam-csic.es/auranga/lect7.pdf page 17. Usually one derives the effective action from the massless states calculating amplitudes, otherwise through beta ...
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Does Joseph Polchinski win the FPP ``Physics Frontiers Prize'' twice (2013 and 2014)? Why? [closed]

Recently I have been confused by the fact that: Joseph Polchinski's name appear in FFP Physics Frontiers Prize 2013 here: https://fundamentalphysicsprize.org/laureates6 ``Joseph Polchinski for his ...
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Modular invariance of CFT

I am looking at the Cardy formula for entropy in CFT, and in the article 'Kerr/CFT correspondence and its Extensions' there is a sentence: In any unitary and modular invariant CFT, the asymptotic ...
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Are there any stable (not metastable) string theory compactifications with a positive cosmological constant?

Previously, on Save us from swallowing baby universes, please!, I asked how we can be saved from false vacuum decay assuming we are living in a false vacuum. What if we are living in a stable vacuum ...
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Gauge fixing the Einstein's gravity action

This is in reference to this paper, arXiv:1204.4061. I was wondering if someone can give me a reference which explains this gravitational gauge fixing that they have done in $2.10$ and how that ...
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Critical radius in heterotic string theory

If I have understood the basics of heterotic strings correctly, one requires a critical radius of compactified dimension to reconcile the apparent difference in spacetime dimension of left and right ...
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Counting D0-D4 Bound States

I have a slightly technical combinatorics question. Consider the degeneracy $D_n$ of bound states of $n$ D0 branes and one D4 brane. This is given in Polchinski by (13.6.24), \begin{align} ...
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Introductory exercise set with solutions for string theory

I am trying to self-study string theory, beginning with Ibanez and Uranga (String Theory and Particle Physics). Unfortunately, the book contains no problems, so I'm not sure whether I am fully ...