String theory is an research framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity.

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String Theory: What to do?

This is going to be a relatively broad/open-ended question, so I apologize before hand if it is the wrong place to ask this. Anyways, I'm currently a 3rd year undergraduate starting to more seriously ...
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Algebraic Geometry in String Theory?

I'm currently studying String Theory and hope to do research in this area. I have now reached a point where even with a background in Mathematics instead of Physics, I have no clue what's going on ...
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Complex and Kähler-manifolds

I was woundering if anyone knows any good references about Kähler and complex manifolds? I'm studying supergravity theories and for the simpelest N=1 supergravity we'll get these. Now in the ...
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Solving numerically the equation of motion of D7 brane perturbation

I want to solve this equation $$ \partial_{\rho}^{2}\phi+\frac{3}{\rho}\partial_{\rho}\phi+\left(\frac{M^{2}}{(1+\rho^{2})^{2}}-\frac{l(l+2)}{\rho^{2}}\right)\phi=0 $$ numerically. I know that ...
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Why are there cubics in a Calabi-Yau manifold?

I heard from a recent talk that the "number of $n$-degree curves" in a Calabi-Yau manifold is an invariant of the space. But what does that mean? (Specifically I would like to ask the following.) ...
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What is a good gentle introduction to the Virasoro algebra and its application in theoretical physics?

I am looking for an as gentle and pedagogical as possible introduction that explains the Virasoro algebra and its applications in theoretical physics; finally I am interested in its application in ...
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(Soft Question) How active an area of research is Non-Commutative Geometry? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate, but I am considering applying for a phd in algebraic geometry or a related field. I am quite interested in the link between non-commutative geometry and theoretical ...
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Physical interpretation of categorical structures related to Dirichlet Branes

In Dirichlet Branes and Mirror Symmetry by Aspinwall et al, section 5.9 discusses various questions that remain open. In particular they say: "There are many constructions from homological ...
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Chandrasekhar history [closed]

I have misplaced an article by Chandrasekhar from the mid 90's in which he drew an analogy between himself and his neat desk and a co-laborer 'down the hall' who was more chaotic with managing his ...
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Status of a question from Freeman Dyson's 1972 article

In a famous article, Freeman Dyson mentions an interesting relationship between the $\tau$ functions of number theory and the dimensions of finite-dimensional simple Lie algebras (section 2). He ...
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rigorous treatment of infinitesimal reparametrizations

my first post :) I am asking this directed to mathematicians or mathematical physicists since I don't like the usual physics approach. Reading some string theory books I always find that the ...
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Calculating euler number of disk

I'm trying to do exercise 3.1 from Polchinski, which should be a rather easy differential geometry problem. I have to calculate the euler number defined by $$\chi = \frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{M}d^{2}\sigma ...
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Find an upper bound for lowest eigenvalue using calculus of variations.

So I'm doing a little calculus of variations on an eigenvalue problem. The goal of this is to find an upper bound for the $\omega_0$ as follows: $\omega_0^2 \leq ...
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An intutive proof of 'replacing two-caps by a handle'

I am trying to understand a statement given in Polchinski Vol.1 - a torus with cross-cap can be obtained either as (g,b,c) = (0,0,3) or as (1,0,1), trading two cross-caps for a handle. Here, g is ...
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How many bit strings of length 7 exist if the string remains unchanged if it is reversed?

How many bit strings of length 7 exist if the string remains unchanged if it is reversed ? 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 and 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 are an example that is unchanged if reversed. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 and 0 1 1 0 1 1 ...
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Strange factor multiplying the fermionic part in the NS mass-squared operator?

In the Neveu-Schwarz sector, the worldsheet fermions can be expanded as $$ \psi^I(\tau,\sigma) \sim \sum\limits_{r\in Z+1/2}b_r^Ie^{-ir(\tau-\sigma)} $$ and the total mass squared operator can then ...
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What's the difference between an orbifold with a conical singularity and a conifold?

In Becker, Becker, Schwarz's book 'String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction', page 360 they explain how an orbifold of $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{Z}_{2}$ (which is equivalent to ...
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Are $T^2/Z_2$ orbifolds just ironed spheres?

(Note that this question is migrated from the physics SE... I apologize for the imprecise language) The only $Z_2$ symmetries I can think of the torus are reflection on plane, whose quotient should ...
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Polchinski 12.3.22 - superspace green's function

Forming the supersymmetric string using superfields and superspace, Polchinski claims that the function $$ G \sim \ln{\left|z_{1} - z_{2} - \theta_{1}\theta_{2}\right|^{2}} $$ satisfies the equation ...
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String probability (with conditional prob and combinations)

I'm having trouble with the questions below, all relating to string probability. I'll write the problem and then provide my work for my (incorrect) answer. Please help me figure out what I did wrong. ...
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What quantities does a local topological region have in 3D?

If we take an infinite solid R3 and cut out a torus and sew it back in with Dehn surgery. This will create a local topological region in R3. I was thinking.. are there any characteristic values ...