Notes on holomorphic string and superstring theory measures of low genus

Edward Witten

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Abstract

It has long been known that in principle, the genus g vacuum amplitude for bosonic strings or superstrings in 26 or 10 dimensions can be entirely determined from conditions of holomorphy. Moreover, this has been done in practice for bosonic strings of low genus. Here we describe in a unified way how to determine the bosonic string and superstring vacuum amplitude in genus 1 and 2 via holomorphy. The main novelty is the superstring analysis in genus 2, where we use holomorphy to get a new understanding of some of the results that previously have been obtained by more explicit calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Mathematics
PublisherAmerican Mathematical Society
Pages307-359
Number of pages53
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameContemporary Mathematics
Volume644
ISSN (Print)0271-4132
ISSN (Electronic)1098-3627

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)

Keywords

  • Complex supergeometry
  • Supermanifolds
  • Superstring theory

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