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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Applying AdS-CFT to traversable wormholes? [on hold]

ER=EPR recently brought up the connection between non-traversable wormholes and entanglements. What about traversable wormholes? Can we apply AdS/CFT to traversable wormholes?
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Why does the non-linearity of the string action prohibit stretching due to strong excitations?

From 't Hooft's String Theory lecture notes on page 8 (paraphrased): To understand hadronic particles as excited states of strings, we have to study the dynamical properties of these strings, and ...
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What is the motivation for using Calabi-Yau manifolds in string theory?

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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Polyakov From Nambu-Goto Directly, for Strings?

The following derivation, for a classical relativistic point particle, of the 'Polyakov' form of the action from the 'Nambu-Goto' form of the action, without any tricks - no equations of motion or ...
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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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Can a knot be transformed into another knot via quantum tunneling? [on hold]

Sorry for a non-competent question. In string theory: Can a knot be transformed into another knot via quantum tunneling?
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String theory: Is the number of particles infinite? [on hold]

Sorry for a non-competent question. In string theory (AFAIK) every knot is a separate particle. And the number of knots is infinite (AFAIK). So in ST there exists an infinite number of particles, ...
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Generalized spin connection and dreibein in higher spin gravity

I am studying 3D higher spin gravity and I would like to know the mathematical and physical meaning of generalized spin connection and generalized dreibein that appear in this theory. It is well known ...
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Is most of what everything is made from in another dimension?

If there are eleven dimensions as M-Theory asserts would that mean that the majority of what we are made from exists in the seven other dimensions?
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Are quantum mechanics and general relativity predictions of string theory, or were they built into the theory from the start?

Are quantum mechanics and general relativity predictions of string theory, or were they built into the theory from the start? If the former, why aren't tests of GR and QM considered simultaneous tests ...
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From states in string theory to differential forms

This question is probably really easy and isn't usually discussed in textbooks. So suppose when we construct states in string theory we obtain something like $\left|- \right\rangle \otimes \left|+ ...
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How can Big Bang happen without time?

I had recently watched a video and he says big bang could have happen by the slow collision rather than a fast collision. But I know that there was no time before the big bang and fast and slow are ...
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Path integral quantization of bosonic string theory

I was reading through my notes on the path integral quantization of bosonic string theory when a general question about path integral quantization arised to me. The widely used intuitive explanation ...
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Are dimensionless physical constants predicted to be rational, irrational, or transcendental numbers?

Are dimensionless physical constants predicted to be rational, irrational, or transcendental numbers? Directly measured ones are obviously unknown, but according to Wikipedia many dimensionless ...
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What happens when two D-branes annihilate?

What happens when two D-branes annihilate? Do we get a radiation of strings?
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Flux compactification

How flux compactification solves the moduli space problem in string theory? Please provide some details and, if posible, an example.
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What artefacts of the ant on a wire analogy for string theory's curled extra dimensions are due to the analogy breaking down?

I'm trying to understand the ant on a telephone-wire analogy that's used to explain why we might not see the extra dimensions from string theory. I'm quite comfortable with Newtonian mechanics in 3D, ...
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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...
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Why supersymmetry requires either left or right movers to vanish for a $S^1$ compactification

In the chapter on Black holes in string theory (Section 11.4, page 584 near equation 11.94) in the book by Becker, Becker and Schwarz, they write [...] let us consider a single string wound $Q_1 ...
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Could string theory be an effective theory?

I know that many quantum field theories could be low-energy effective theories in String Theory (ST), but I've also read and heard that ST cannot itself be an effective theory. I suppose this has ...
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Infinitesimal transformations for a relativistic particle

The action of a free relativistic particles can be given by $$S=\frac{1}{2}\int d\tau \left(e^{-1}(\tau)g_{\mu\nu}(X)X^\mu(\tau)X^\nu(\tau)-e(\tau)m^2\right).$$ If we then make an infinitesimal ...
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Why do we identify symmetric 2nd rank tensors with spin-2 particles in string theory?

I am going through Tong's lecture notes on String Theory and came across the following irrep decomposition (Chap 2, p.43) of the bosonic string first excited states: $$\text{traceless symmetric} ...
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What is a brane-world interaction?

In string theory one might hear about brane-world interactions. What is it? Assuming that our current universe is on a M3 brane. Now another universe on an M3 brane would interact with it. What will ...
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Boson in Superstring

I'm confused about a point. Superstring sigma model is $$ S=-\frac{T}{2}\int\mathrm{d}^2z \left[\eta^{ab}\partial_aX^\mu\partial_b X_\mu -i\bar\psi^\mu\rho^a\partial_a\psi_\mu \right], $$ of course, ...
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Type II Superstring and Open String

I would like to trow away some confusion I'm accumulating. Usually when superstrings are introducted (see for example Wikipedia) one says: Type I is a theory of open and closed strings, while Type ...
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D-branes conserving only half of the supersymmetries

Concerning D-branes as BPS states from T-duality. In D-Branes by Johnson (and other sources) I find the following statement (p.196): "Only the total [supersymmetric] charge of $Q_a+\tilde{Q}_a$ of ...
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Fifth force in string theory [closed]

I can't seem to get a clear description of what the "fifth force" in string theory is. What is the fifth force in string theory? What does it do? What mediates it?
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Why are CFT descriptions of String Theory inherently perturbative and how can it be circumvented?

Field theories like QED/QCD are a priori non-perturbative theories. Perturbatively you can describe them by Feynman diagrams which essentially sum over all topologies of virtual particle creation and ...
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Membrane Theory

I'm not a physicist or educated mathematician, so please excuse me if my question is scientifically rudimentary. It concerns Membrane Theory. If all open strings are attached to the surface of the D ...
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What makes the strings (or $p$-branes) that occur in string theory vibrate?

A normal spring (for example in my ballpoint) is made of particles that interact with each other wich makes the string vibrate with a frequency that depends on the material (the particles). Now a ...
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Shouldn't there be 6 fundamental forces? [closed]

I'm listening to Leonard Susskind's The Black Hole War. In it he states (paraphrased) that a string wrapped around a compact dimension once imparts one unit of charge. Wrapped one way, it's a ...
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How exactly do superstrings reduce the number of dimensions in bosonic string theory from 26 to 10 and remove the tachyons?

In bosonic string theory, to obtain the photon as the first excited state, the ground state must have a negative mass (tachyon). By applying $1 + 2 + 3 + \cdots = -1/12$, it can be shown (in a ...
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CFT: from States to Operators

I'm having trouble finding the general algorithm for moving from states to operators under the state-operator correspondence in a CFT. Does anyone have any hints as to how one might go about ...
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Superconformal approach to supergravity

In the book (Supergravity - Daniel Z.Freedman & Antoine Van Proeyen - Cambridge), there is (Chapters 16-17) a presentation of pure supergravity or supergravity with matter, from a superconformal ...
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Does Type IIB string theory feature D(-1) and D9 branes?

I'm slightly confused as to how one deduces the D-brane content of a string theory by studying the p-form fields in the effective field theory. In type IIB supergravity one has: The Kalb-Ramond ...
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Relations between diffeomorphism symmetry theories and invariant $SU(N), N \rightarrow \infty$ theories

Is it possible to have, an exhaustive panorama (as much as possible), about the relations between theories having a diffeomorphism symmetry, and theories having a $SU(N), N\rightarrow\infty$ ...
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Explanation of two slit experiment [duplicate]

Whilst going through 'a brief history of time' ,I faced difficulty in understanding the two slit experiment. How can individual electrons cause fringes?
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Is there any known dynamical process to obtain supertubes?

I'm looking for a dynamical process to produce supertubes. For example, microstates of the D1-D5 black hole system can be understood as supertubes. See, for example, ...
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Ask help for calculation from Veneziano amplitude to expansion at small $s$? [closed]

The Veneziano amplitude \begin{eqnarray} A_{ven}(s,t)={\Gamma(-\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime s)\Gamma(-\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime t)\over \Gamma(-2\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime (s+t))}, \end{eqnarray} as claimed in ...
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Why are string theorist so indifferent to the gauge structure of gravity? [closed]

Gravity shares many of the characteristics of Yang-Mills gauge theory. For example, the affine connection plays the similar role as the gauge potential in gauge theory, the Riemann tensor plays the ...
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D4 branes ending on NS5 branes (Witten's construction): query about harmonic functions

This query stems from Witten's paper, ''Solutions of Four-Dimensional Field Theories via M Theory'' (hep-th/9703166). Specifically, consider Type IIA string theory, and suppose one has a stack of NS5 ...
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Mass of a superstring between two branes?

A open bosonic string between two parallel branes seems to obey formulae such as $M^2 = \big((n + {\theta_i - \theta_j \over 2 \pi}) {R' \over \alpha'}\big)^2 + {N-1 \over \alpha'} $ So that the ...
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Boundary Conditions For Strings? [closed]

There seems to be two main boundary conditions for Strings. 1. Neumann Condition: Ends of Strings are free to move up or down. 2. Dirichlet Condition: Ends of Strings are fixed. What other ...
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Superstring mass between 2 D-branes

The mass of a superstring between 2 parallel D-branes of dimension $p$ and $q$ is $$m^2=(N−a)+(y/2π)^2$$ But what is the value of the normal ordering constant $a$?
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Derivation Of The Equation Of Motion Of String from Polyakov action

I'm stuck at a step in the derivation of the equations of motions of a string using the Polyakov action. In Polchinski's textbook in String Theory , Page 14 ; Equation ( 1.2.25 ) , Varying the ...
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Wilson Loop in AdS/CFT

In AdS/CFT correspondence one can compare results in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM with string theory type IIB in $AdS_5 \times S^5$. One of the observables that it's possible to get non-perturbative results is ...
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S-duality of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton theory

Consider theory with action $$S = \int d^D x \sqrt{-g} (R - \frac{1}{2} \partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi - \frac{1}{2k!} e^{a \phi} F^2 _{[k]} ) $$ where $\phi$ is dilaton and $F_{[k]}$ is ...
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About Planck tension in strings theory as stated in “The Elegant Universe”

In the book "The Elegant Universe" by Brian B. Greene, on chapter 6 it is stated that there's the so called "Planck tension" in string theory, and it is given a value of $10^{39}$ tons. This value is ...
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How does higher spin theory evade Weinberg's and the Coleman-Mandula no-go theorem?

Recently I heard some seminar on higher spin gauge theory, and got some interest. I know there are some no-go theorems in quantum field theories: Weinberg: Massless higher spin amplitudes are ...