Interacting field theory of open superstrings

Edward Witten

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Abstract

A proposal for a gauge invariant nonlinear classical field theory of open superstrings is explored. The gauge fixing that gives rise to the standard structure in the Ramond sector is described, answering questions that have been raised in recent literature. The model is shown to possess space-time supersymmetry as well as gauge invariance. The proof of space-time supersymmetry uses the covariant form of the fermion emission vertex and the associated picture changing operation, in accord with suggestions by several authors. Also discussed are the canonical formulation of the theory, and some issues connected with the extension of the work to closed strings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-324
Number of pages34
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Volume276
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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