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Compactification entails changing a theory with respect to one of its space-time dimensions. Instead of this dimension ranging to infinity, the theory is changed so that this dimension has a finite range, and may be periodic. In the limit where the size of the compact dimension goes to zero, no fields depend on this extra dimension, and the theory is *dimensionally reduced*. Further use for dimensional reduction.

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How can we demand $N=2$ supersymmetry on the worldsheet?

I have been trying to understand why one should look into $c=9, N=2$ superconformal models like the Gepner models or the Kazama-suzuki models, and I am quite confused. This is what I understood from ...
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Why is the central charge $c=9$ supersymmetry in the internal manifold?

In  (abstract [here]) (https://inspirehep.net/record/245643?ln=en) they say that, when compactifying any superstring theory, the six dimensional internal manifold must have $N=2$ supersymmetry with ...
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Are extra dimensions timelike or spacelike?

In special relativity there is a clear difference between spatial and temporal dimensions of spacetime due to the Minkowski metric diag(-1,1,1,1). In higher dimensional theories (10- and 26-...
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Toroidal compactifications of type IIB string Theory and $SO(5,5)/(SO(5)\times SO(5))$ invariant 6D sugra action

It is usually stated that the compactification of (the bosonic part of the) type IIB ($D=10$, ${\cal N}=(2,0)$) supergravity on $\mathbb{T}^4$ gives a six-dimensional ${\cal N}=(4,4)$ supergravity ...
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What is dimension? What is the size of dimension?

Recently I heard a TED talk by Brian Greene where he was speaking about String Theory working on $(10+1)$ dimensions. Plus he said that we live in only in $(3 +1)$ dimensions. So where are others? ...
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Dimensional reduction of higher-dimensional Einstein-Hilbert action

I take a spacetime of the form $\mathcal{M}_{d+1}\times \mathbb{S}^n$, with $\mathcal{M}_{d+1}$ some generic non-compact $(d+1)$-dimensional spacetime and $\mathbb{S}^n$ an $n$-dimensional sphere, so ...
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Gauge Fields from Compactified Gravity

I encountered compactifying a 5D black string along an extra dimension in Natsuume's AdS/CFT text. Upon compactification, the thermodynamics of a 4D black hole may be identified with the 5D black ...
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Extra Dimensions (in String Theory) - What does it mean?

I have been reading a lot about string theory and the necessity of extra dimensions (particularly as visualized in Calabi-Yau spaces), as "curling-ups" in our apparently 3-dimensional (or 4-...
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Particle spectrum in dimensional reduction

First of all, sorry if this question is a bit stupid, but my knowledge of certain aspects of particle physics and group theory is a bit limited. I am compactifying the heterotic $E_{8}\times E_{8}$ ...
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Compactification of space in Hamiltonian formulation of Yang-Mills theory

I am reading David Tong's lecture notes on Gauge Theory where he talks about Hilbert space interpretation of Yang-Mills theories in Section 2.2 of Chapter 2. When discussing the gauge dependence of ...
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Relationship between compactification moduli and generations in standard model

The situation I am describing is a $10D$ heterotic string theory which is compactified on a Calabi-Yau to get a $N=1$, $4D$ effective theory. It is mentioned in Ashoke Sen's notes on string ...
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Are the “extra dimensions” in string theory universal?

Are the extra (compactified) dimensions from string theory universal, in that any particle/field with a sufficiently small enough wavelength will be able to propagate through them? The reason I want ...
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Root weights and states in orbifold compactifications

I have the following question regarding orbifold compactifications of the heterotic string: What is the relation between a certain representation and the weights of the root lattice? I mean: take ...
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Are particles of fields that arise from compactification and strings treated differently in string theory?

I am aware that particles in string theory are different vibrating modes of strings. I am also aware that compactification leads to emergent fields from the parts of the metric of the compactified ...
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How do we assign length to dimensions in string theory?

My current understanding of the variations of string theory includes the sentence "string theory needs (at least) 6 extra spatial dimensions to work, but because our observable universe consists of 3 ...
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What generates the curvature which is necessary for curling-up extra dimensions?

To say it right away, I am not an expert in string theory, but I know well General Relativity. So I wonder how the curling up of extra-dimensions which is assumed in many "Kaluza-Klein" like theories (...
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Understanding a joke in Zwiebach - “A first course in string theory” [closed]

So fairly early on Zwiebach discusses the quantum mechanics of a one-dimensional square well. He then goes on to add an extra dimension which is compact to demonstrate how one can understand ...
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How seriously should one take the energy eigenvalues of an electron's wavefunction in a compactified space?

In chapter 2 (section 2.10) of Zwiebach's string theory book, there is a neat derivation of the energy eigenvalues for the two dimensional square well in which one dimension is compactified to a ...
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Effective action of IIB Calabi-Yau compactification

I'm currently reading K. Becker, M. Becker and John. H. Schwartz book on string theory. I have a question about Calabi-Yau compactifications of IIB string theory. In chapter 9 page 403, Why do we don'...
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Compactification of Bosonic Closed Strings on $T^2$ and $T^3$

I am looking for a text to explain compactification of bosonic closed strings on $T^2$ and $T^3$ by focusing on its gauge groups enhancement. In fact, I want to know in each case ($T^2$ and $T^3$) how ...
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What is really M-theory? (non-pertubatively)

I don´t really understand what M-theory is supposed to be. Going beyond the dualities relating different string theories (for example the common $11-D$ limit of IIA and $E_{8}\times E_{8}$) I don't ...
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Algebraic geometry and topology for string theory [duplicate]

I am looking for a comprehensive book or notes in algebraic geometry and topology techniques used in string theory compactifications covering topics like orientifolds, orbiolds, Calabi Yau manifolds ...
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The role of the Hopf Fibration in Kaluza-Klein theory

I have been learning recently about the Hopf Fibration and its relation to physics. My professor has told me that it is one of the simplest methods of dimensional reduction in Kaluza-Klein theory. ...
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Can branes obstruct complex structure deformations in string theory?

In compactifications of string theory, to preserve supersymmetry often branes need to wrap subspaces that are specified by holomorphic equations in the compactification space $X$. Additionally there ...
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For making gravity supersymmetric is a modification of Einstein's vacuum field equations necessary ( apart from adding the R-S Lagrangian)?

Upon building up supersymmetric Supergravity in 4D, is it necessary to modify the Einstein's vacuum field equations (apart from adding the Rarita-Schwinger Lagrangian for the gravitino) in order to ...
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Where are the infinite-dimensional spaces of Quantum Mechanics?

There are two questions here: One of the confusing points about String Theory is the existence of extra dimensions. These are explained by saying that the these extra dimensions are compactified. ...
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The space-time metric in string theory

I always wondered about the metric to be used in string theory. As 10-4 (11-4) or 26-4 dimensions are supposed to be curled up or being a Calabi-Yau manifold, in this part of the space-time the ...
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Can superstring theories predict our 4 dimensions? [duplicate]

Popular science literature is replete with the necessity for superstring theories to live in at least 10 dimensions, requiring at least 6 of them to be compactified so that they are not observable. ...
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Fundamental string theory questions

Can anyone answer some basic string theory questions for me? The Veneziano Amplitude is celebrated for predicting the scattering amplitude of mesons and for practically giving birth to string theory....
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Geometric interpretation of dimensional reduction of $E_8 \times E_8$ string

Following on from this question. I'm trying to get a geometric picture of what happens under dimensional reduction. Let me focus on a single $E_8$ factor, in 10 dimensions - the Lagrangian will ...
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Does String Theory predict a particle with twice the mass of the electron?

As far as I know, the spectrum of any (?) String Theory is of the form $$M^2\propto N$$ where $N$ is the number operator. The lightest known particle being the electron, I am led to think that we ...
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How does one actually apply the M-theory/heterotic duality “fiberwise”?

It seems to be generally accepted (, ) that one can apply the duality between a $T^3$ compactification of heterotic string theory and a $\mathrm{K3}$ compactification of M-theory "fiberwise" to ...
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Why is full M-theory needed for compactification on singular 7-folds and what does that even mean?

In "M-theory on manifolds of $G_2$ holonomy: the first twenty years" by Duff, it is claimed (e.g. in section 8) that for compactification on singular 7-folds to be possible, we need to consider not ...
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Massless particles in a universe with compact extra-dimensions

One common idea behind many extensions to the Standard Model (such as String Theory or Kaluza-Klein Theory) are small or hidden "Extra-Dimensions", that are compactified. According to my ...
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Can compactified dimensions enlarge and large dimensions compactify in string theory?

In string theory, can six or more dimensions rolled up into high-dimensional compact manifold become large and our 3+1 large dimensions collapse into compact manifold?
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Why spacetime has 3+1 large dimensions and remaining higher dimensions underwent compactification? Why spacetime hasn't got eg. 5+4 or 3+5 dimensions?

Yesterday I wrote very, very big thread which proved to be too broad, so according to your instructions I divided it. Content is unchanged. I read that it might be related to the phenomenon of ...
What is meant by “smooth” instantons, and is there a constraint on the winding number of $E_8$ instantons?
In the paper, Comments on String Dynamics in Six Dimensions" (arXiv:hep-th/9603003) by Seiberg and Witten, there is a sentence on page 8 (section 3) which reads classically, smooth $E_8$ ...