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How does one actually apply the M-theory/heterotic duality “fiberwise”?

It seems to be generally accepted ([1], [2]) 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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Intuition for Homological Mirror Symmetry

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Level-rank duality in WZW models and CS theories

Cross-posting from Physics Overflow: https://www.physicsoverflow.org/41281/level-rank-duality-in-wzw-models-and-cs-theories I know that the classical level-rank duality in the $\widehat{\mathfrak{sl}}...
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A fundamental question about Seiberg duality

Standard set up and review: Let us consider $SU(N)$ SQCD with $N_f$ flavors as our electric theory (just like in Seiberg's paper) and also let $N_f \geq N$. This theory is completely Higgsed in the ...
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String landscape in different dimensions

For D = 11 large (uncompactified) spacetime dimensions, the only "string theory" vacuum is M-theory For D = 10, there are 5 vacua. Or maybe it's more correct to say 4, since type I is S-dual to $Spin(...
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Baryonic operators in ${\cal N}=1$ $U(N)$ SQCD in four dimensions

Seiberg's duality is usually considered as a duality for $SU(N_c)$ theories with $N_f$ flavors. In his case, the vacuum for $N_f \geq N_c$ is parameterized by mesons $M$ and baryons ${\bar B}$ and $B$....
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Question about Monopole Operator

I've been studying IR-dualities in 2+1 dimensions. I encountered monopole operators in the following paper: Time-Reversal Symmetry, Anomalies, and Dualities in (2+1)d On page 10, starting from $...
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Yang-Mills/topological string theory (M-theory) duality

It is known that there is a duality between Chern-Simons theory on 3-fold $X$ and topological A-model on the cotangent bundle of this manifold, $T^*X$ (see, for example, the original paper by Witten, ...
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Transition of electric charge to “magnetic charge” when $\alpha$ gets >> 1 in QED?

I`ve just learned that electrically charged particles and magnetically charged monopoles in QED are S-dual to each other such that it depends on the value of the fine structure constant which of the ...
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A Question about Wave-Function Renormalization Factor in SQCD

Here, I have a question about the one-loop computation of the wave-function renormalization factor in SQCD. According to Seiberg duality, the following electric $\mathrm{SQCD}_{e}$ \begin{gather} ...
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Charge-Vortex Duality for Bosons

Consider a (2+1)d continuum field theory with the Minkowski action $$\mathcal{L}=|\partial\phi|^2-r|\phi|^2-u|\phi|^4,$$ where $\phi$ is a complex field. The theory undergoes a quantum phase ...
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Does topological mass imply preservation of global symmetry whose current is topological?

This question is general but the motivation for it lies within the paper "A Duality Web in 2+1 Dimensions and Condensed Matter Physics". On pages 20-23, they consider a system which has four phases ...
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Possible string duality example?

One can consider the Calabi-Yau threefold K3$\times E$ where the Donaldson-Thomas theory is conjectured to be the (inverse of) the Igusa cusp form $\chi_{10}(q,y,p)$. The variables $q,y,p$ aren't ...
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Type I string theory on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$ and the K3 orbifold limit

Consider Type IIB string theory with 4 O7-planes and 32 D7-branes on $K3 \times \mathbb T^2/\mathbb Z_2$. The K3 induces D3-charge on their world-volumes which can be cancelled by the introduction of ...
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Seiberg Duality Applications

I am interested in why people are interested in Seiberg duality? Can it be used for something? Does it (or may it) correspond to any 'real world' physics? I don't have enough background to understand ...
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Electromagnetic duality

A key aspect of modern physics is the mapping of theories or different descriptions of a theory into a one-to-one correspondence. As I am trying to further understand the electromagnetic field tensor, ...
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Is there any GENERAL symmetry behind holography and dualities?

Holography tells that a theory with gravity in D-dimensions is equivalent to a field theory in D-1 on the boundary. Similarly, after the second string revolution, we know there are symmetries called ...
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Path Integral in Electric-Magnetic Duality

The action of electromagnetic field is $$S=\int\left(-\frac{1}{2e^{2}}F\wedge\ast F+\frac{\theta}{8\pi^{2}}F\wedge F\right),$$ where $F=dA$ is the curvature $2$-form, and $A$ is the connection $1$-...
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Does a Chern-Simons term break the $F \rightarrow \star F$ symmetry?

When is the electro-magnetic duality $F \rightarrow \star F$ a symmetry of a theory? I know it holds for free Yang-Mills, but would for instance a Chern-Simons term break it or a coupling to matter? ...
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Peskin's duality in XY model (Mandelstam-'t Hooft duality in abelian lattice models)

I am studying the old paper by Peskin (1978): Mandelstam-'t Hooft duality in abelian lattice models (https://doi.org/10.1016/0003-4916(78)90252-X). However, I am confused about some details of ...
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Physical implication of $\textbf{E}\rightarrow\textbf{B},~~\textbf{B}\rightarrow -\textbf{E}$ invariance of the Maxwell's equations

An interesting observation to consider about the Maxwell's equation is that in absence of the sources, the equations are symmetric under the interchange $$\textbf{E}\rightarrow\textbf{B},~~\textbf{B}\...
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A Question about Abelian Dualities in 2+1 Dimensions

I have a question from the paper More Abelian Dualities in 2+1 Dimensions. On page 3, it says that we flow towards IR by sending $\alpha\rightarrow\infty$ and tuning the mass to zero. $$S[\phi ;A]...
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Calculating the Closed String Hamiltonian (T-Duality)

Working with the bosonic string in a background space-time with one compact dimension, i.e.: $$ R^{1,24}\times S^1 $$ I have been able to calculate the mass-squared: $$ M^2 = \frac{n^2}{R^2} + \frac{m^...
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order of BKT phase transition

What is the order of the BKT phase transition (first or second), that is the phase transition in 2d in which thermal vortices destroy any order in the system. How is this connected to the "universal ...
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Why T-duality only work when the background has isometries?

I have been studying from some textbooks and papers about the T-dality topic. In particular for the Buscher rules it seems that they claim that in order to have T-duality in certain direction we need ...
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T duality for lower codimension branes or ALF spaces

These are purely mathematical questions in some sense but I believe this is relevant in string theory as the title says. I wonder if it is possible to perform T-duality of Taub-NUT space not along ...
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Dual photon in d=3

In some papers (such as http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9910184 and http://arxiv.org/find/all/1/all:+AND+kapustin+AND+topological+disorder/0/1/0/all/0/1) I am reading it is always referred at "the dual ...
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Different duality-correlations in holographic principle?

I found an interesting article "Surface/State Correspondence as a Generalized Holography" (https://arxiv.org/abs/1503.03542) If I understood it well, the authors proposed this model to generalize the ...
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Checking modularity-like transformation property

Assume $M$ is a 4 manifold. Let $Z_v$ be partition function of fixed magnetic flux $v$ with all instanton configuration summed over where $v\in H^2(M,Z/nZ)$. $\tau$ denotes complex parameter on upper ...
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S Duality and Effective Couplings

I am brand new to this subject, so this will probably be a very stupid question, but I would appreciate any patient explanations. S-duality is typically described as a relationship between two QFTs (...
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What is U-duality? and Why U-duality is important?

In string theory, we know three dualities. S-duality: Extension of Electric-magnetic duality, Duality between strongly coupled qft and weakly coupled qft. (One of the typical example is Seiberg ...
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New-minimal vs old-minimal supergravity

New-minimal set of supergravity auxiliary fields includes a two-form field, whereas the old-minimal auxiliary set includes a vector and a complex scalar. Is anyone aware of how to transform between ...
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The Action for Electric-Magnetic Duality

In the paper A Duality Web in 2+1 Dimensions and Condensed Matter Physics on page 34, the action for electromagnetic field in Lorentzian signature is given by $$S=\int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}\left(\frac{-1}{...
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Wilson loop in AdS/CFT : string interpretation

It is well known that Wilson loop is a quite hard observable to compute. In the case in which the QFT is dual to a gravitation theory in AdS space, we can use holography to compute the Wilson loop, ...
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Question about Duality between F-theory on elliptically fibered K3 and Heterotic/Type-I on T^2

I'm studying Sen's paper ``F-Theory and Orientifolds'' [arXiv:hep-th/9605150] where he discusses the duality between F-theory on an elliptically-fibered K3 and heterotic/type-I string theory on a two-...
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Is There a Duality in Gauge Symmetries?

In a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, Lawrence Krauss explained Gauge symmetry with a chess board analogy and specifically talked about gauge symmetry being applied to the definition of ...
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T-duality between $E_8 \times E_8$ and $\text{Spin(}32)/\mathbb{Z}_2$ heterotic strings at the $\sigma$-model level

I would like to understand how T-duality between the heterotic $E_8 \times E_8$ (HE) and heterotic $\textrm{Spin}(32)/\mathbb{Z}_2$ (HO) theories works, at the level of the worldsheet $\sigma$-model. ...
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Has anyone explored a possible duality between quantum gravity and statistical mechanics?

There is a well known duality between quantum mechanics in D dimensions and classical statistical mechanics in D+1 dimensions. Specifically, the Euclidean version of the path integral in D dimensions ...
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D-brane tension of type I D9-branes after T-duality

Type I contains branes with a brane tension which is $\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}$ times that of type II branes. The reason is that, e.g., in the computation of the D9-D9 amplitude the open string is unoriented....
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Basic question in electromagnetic duality

In electromagnetic duality, where does this relation come from? $$\overrightarrow{E} \rightarrow \cos \alpha\overrightarrow{E} - \sin \alpha\overrightarrow{ B}$$ $$\overrightarrow{B} \rightarrow \cos ...
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$G_{\mu\nu}$'s field equations in electromagnetic duality

Given $$G^{\mu\nu} = -2 \frac{\partial L}{\partial F_{\mu\nu}}$$ it is written in http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9506035 that the field equations are (eq 1.8) $$\partial_{[\alpha} \star G_{\beta \gamma]}=...
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On self-duality of N=4 super Yang Mills theories

I am looking at S-duality a bit, and was wondering if anyone had the answer to the following question. It is known that the supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in 4 space dimensions is self-dual with ...
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Holographic principle and holograms

Holographic principle or Maldacena's duality is a theory that says that the volume of space can be described by just looking the information encoded on a boundary to the region of that space. ...
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N=2 Dualities; k-differentials on the riemann sphere and a spectral curve

Currently I am working on my masters thesis about dualities in QFT and their geometric realizations. As of now, I am trying to understand the article 'N=2 Dualities" by Davide Gaiotto. On the ...
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How to obtain deconfined theory from an s-confined N=1 susy gauge theory?

Is there a systematic procedure for obtaining a deconfined theory from an s-confining theory (as defined in hep-th/9610139 for example)?
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The ultimate (SUSY) degrees of freedom and how to test them: particles, strings or something else?

I have been thinking about these question and if I should post it, because I want it to fit the rules of these site. Let's see if I managed it: Are the ultimate degrees of freedom of the subatomic ...
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Do Liouville theory have a gravity dual?

Does Liouville theory have a gravity dual? I think the answer is not. But what's wrong with Liouville theory? What features of Liouville theory are universal for other CFTs?
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Understanding parallelisms and duality between temperature and pressure

While I'm not proud of this coming sentence, in physics a lot of different things turn out to be roughly the same thing. For example, the flow of electricity is very much like the flow of water, and ...
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Adjoint ket vectors in Dirac notation?

In books on quantum physics you often see things like $\left(A|\Psi\rangle\right)^\dagger=\langle\Psi|A^\dagger$. However, $|\Psi\rangle:=\Psi\in\mathcal{H}$ is a vector and $\langle\Psi|:=\Psi^\ast\...
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Is there such a thing as duality in thermodynamics?

From a macro point of view of someone who never studied physics (or for man of ancient times, if you prefer) it seems to be consistent to think of heat exchange between two bodies as being cold ...