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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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Minimal strings and topological strings

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0206255 Dijkgraaf and Vafa showed that the closed string partition function of the topological B-model on a Calabi-Yau of the form $uv-H(x,y)=0$ coincides with the free ...
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Derivation of KLT relations

The KLT relations (Kawai, Lewellen, Tye) relate a closed string amplitude to a product of open ones. While I get the physics behind this I don't really understand the derivation in the original paper (...
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Quantum statistics of branes

Quantum statistics of particles (bosons, fermions, anyons) arises due to the possible topologies of curves in D-dimensional spacetime winding around each other What happens if we replace particles by ...
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p-Adic String Theory and the String-orientation of Topological Modular Forms (tmf)

I am going to ask a question, at the end below, on whether anyone has tried to make more explicit what should be a close relation between p-adic string theory and the refinement of the superstring ...
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Super Lie-infinity algebra of closed superstring field theory?

Bosonic closed string field theory is famously governed by a Lie n-algebra for $n = \infty$ whose $k$-ary bracket is given by the genus-0 (k+1)-point function in the BRST complex of the string. One ...
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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. (i.e....
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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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Compactifying on a circle and the exchange of R and NS sectors

I've noticed a general phenomenon in compactifying on a circle where if you start with, say, an NS field, then the KK fields with an index along the circle will be in the R sector, and those without ...
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What is the stringy interpretation of the cohomology classes arising from the Kähler class?

In superstring theory, one usually considers compactifications on Calabi-Yau 3-manifolds. These manifolds are in particular compact Kähler, hence possess a Kähler class which gives rise to nontrivial ...
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String theory from a mathematical point of view

I have a great interest in the area of string theory, but since I am more focused on mathematics, I was wondering if there is any book out there that covers mathematical aspects of string theory. I ...
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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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Do all $\mathcal{N}=2$ Gauge Theories “Descend” from String Theory?

I'm thinking about the beautiful story of "geometrical engineering" by Vafa, Hollowood, Iqbal (https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0310272) where various types of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM gauge theories on $\...
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holographic principle and Wheeler's bag of gold

How is it possible to explain "bag of gold" spacetimes (see Marlof) such that the ideas are compatible with AdS/CFT and the holographic principle?
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gauss-bonnet gravity constraints from string theory

recently there has been advances in observational constraints of gravity theories that contains scalars coupled to the gauss-bonnet topological term: http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0175 http://arxiv.org/...
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What is the global symmetry group associated to the C-field?

The C-field in 11-dimensional supergravity is an elusive object that is not the simple higher $\mathrm{U}(1)$-gauge field one would naively make this out to be. For an overview of possible models for ...
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Coulomb Branch vs. Higgs Branch (and the connection with D-branes, AdS/CFT)

I am confused about the difference between the Coulomb and Higgs branches of the moduli space of supersymmetric gauge theories. It's easy to find a definition for $D=4$, $\mathcal{N}=2$ supersymmetric ...
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Why is it hard to give a lattice definition of string theory?

In Polyakov's book, he explains that one possible way to compute the propagator for a point particle is to compute the lattice sum $\sum_{P_{x,x'}}\exp(-m_0L[P_{x,x'}])$, where the sum goes over all ...
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Pohlmeyer reduction of string theory for flat and AdS spaces

The definition of Pohlmeyer invariants in flat-space (as per eq-2.16 in Urs Schreiber's DDF and Pohlmeyer invariants of (super)string) is the following: $ Z^{\mu_1...\mu_N} (\mathcal{P}) = \frac{1}{...
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Chiral fermions from torsion flux in M-theory?

Witten's 1981 paper "Search for a realistic Kaluza-Klein theory" is frequently cited for its observation that, in a compactification of d=11 supergravity on a manifold with SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) ...
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Can strings change spacetime topology?

There are two broad ways of looking at spacetime in string theory: You can consider strings moving on some background geometry via the usual non-linear sigma-model (of course the presence of string ...
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On Seiberg-Witten theory in 3d and 4d

According to Gukov et al. in this 2017 paper Seiberg-Witten theory in 4d categorifies Seiberg-Witten theory in 3d. In what sense is this phrase mentioned? I know what the process of categorification ...
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How is causality encoded in string theory?

How is causality encoded in string theory? There is a superficially similar thread, Causality in String Theory, which however asks a quite different question.
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Questions regarding $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ supersymmetric Yang-Mills

I have some questions regarding the $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ super-Yang-Mills theory (the one with a really long action which can be acquired by compactifying the 10-dimensional ${\cal N}=1$ theory). I ...
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Topology-dependent groud state degeneracy of $B \wedge F + B \wedge B$ and $B \wedge F + B \wedge B \wedge B$

There are some examples of topological BF theory with extra terms allow it still being topological. See this Ref. paper In 4d (3+1D), we have the trace of: $$ \int\frac{k}{2\pi}\text{Tr}[B \wedge F + ...
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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 = g_{\mu\...
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Implications of Unruh-inertia to theories of gravity

If it turns out to be true that the galaxy rotation curves can be explained away by Unruh modes that become greater than the Hubble scale at accelerations around $10^{-10} m/s^2$ as proposed in here, ...
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R charge of the chiral multiplet in $2+1$ dimensions

These are two examples that I am puzzled by, One can see in this paper on page 16 that for ${\cal N} =2$ theory on $2+1$ the R-charge of the $\phi$ and the $\psi$ is determined to be $\frac{1}{2}$ ...
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In string theory, what replaces the black hole singularity?

In string theory, what replaces the black hole singularity? I know that it is possible for a single string to have arbitrarily large energy. Is a black hole just a single string?
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Non-abelian string in QCD?

It is easy to find various/many papers in HEP-lattice talk about "Non abelian string in QCD". What does it mean to say "non abelian string in QCD?" Does "non abelian string" happen for pure Yang-...
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Quantum theory of a single worldline

In introductions to string theory it is common to start with the quantum theory of a single worldline by quantization of the Polyakov action for some $0$-brane. What does this theory correspond to, ...
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750 GeV diphoton resonance: KK graviton?

As everybody of you may know at LHC they found this probable resonance (https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114808, https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114853?ln=en). It may be a scalar or a KK graviton mode. Now, ...
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What is the state-of-the-art on spacelike singularities in string theory?

What lessons do we have from string theory regarding the fate of singularities in general relativity? What happens to black hole singularities? What happens to cosmological singularities? Which ...
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Physical examples of log CFTs

There are examples of CFTs having correlators with logarithms. What are the examples of physical systems exhibiting such logarithmic behaviour (particularly in $d>2$ dimensions)?
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Massive states of the closed bosonic string fitting into a representation of $SO(D-1)$

It is usually shown in the literature that massive light-cone gauge states for a closed bosonic string combine at mass level $N=\tilde{N}=2$ into representations of the little group $SO(D-1)$ and then ...
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Orientifold plane and twisted sector of bosonic string

Consider a bosonic string theory where we truncate the Hilbert space to states that are invariant under an orientifold action $\Omega$, which acts as a worldsheet parity + a space-time reflection, $$\...
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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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Is the $\alpha'$ expansion in string theory an asymptotic expansion?

The low-energy bosonic effective actions of string theory lead to Einstein-Hilbert gravity, along with scalars and $p$-form Maxwell fields. For example, the action for type IIA string theory is $S = \...
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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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Are QFT solitons expected to represent standard model particles? Or strings?

Is work on solitons in QFT's focused on finding solutions that could represent the fundamental particles of the Standard Model, or is the work focused on finding particles Beyond The Standard Model? ...
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An use of the Schwinger-Dyson equation

I was confused as to how the equation 10 on page 7 or equation 21 on page 8 of this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.1866 was derived. Can someone explain from where does this come and what do the "...
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paper about black branes and implications to 4d black holes

This paper makes a case for piezoelectric response (electric dipole moment under mechanical oscillations) of black branes. This paper does not make an implication of their results for 4D black holes (...
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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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String theory and trace anomaly in semiclassical gravity?

what does string theory have to say about the trace anomaly in the expectation value of the stress energy tensor of massless quantum fields on a curved background and its interpretation as the ...
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Which AdS/CFT correspondences have been found so far?

When I read about AdS/CFT correspondence, there always comes the most famous example of conjectured correspondence, which is the one between type IIB string theory (AdS side) and $\mathcal{N}=4$ ...
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World-volume (higher) gauge theory on D-branes

It is well known that if one constructs ordinary WZW type sigma model for string action, it is possible whenever they find a cocycle in appropriate Chevalley-Eilenberg algebra. If I understand it ...
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Open conjectures on the Fukaya category

This is ported from mathoverflow question https://mathoverflow.net/q/263693/. Can somebody give examples to open conjectures on the behavior of the $Fuk(M,ω)$ (that's the "mathematical A-model ...
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Relation between Topological String Theory and Physical String Theory?

I'm familiar with topological string theory from the mathematical perspective. In my narrow world, the topological string partition function is given by the Gromov-Witten partition function, which is ...
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How can I get the Seiberg-Witten curve from M-theory?

I know that we can use the SU($n$) 6d (2,0) SCFT, the M5-brane world-volume theory to get $\mathcal{N}=2$ theories. Still, e.g. reading Tachikawa's "Supersymmetric dynamics for pedestrians" I cannot ...
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Finding the Hilbert expansion of a D4 Coulomb branch

I am trying to compute the HS of the following Coulomb branch, but first I am not sure how to proceed in interpreting the diagram and what variables to use. I am trying to use the equation from this ...
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on fundamental 2D conductivity equation boundary value problem

Consider the following homogeneous boundary value problem for a function/potential $u(x,y)$ on the infinite strip $[-\infty,\infty]\times[0,\pi/4]$ w/positive periodic coefficient/nductivity $\gamma(x+...