Open string theory as dissipative quantum mechanics

Curtis Gove Callan, L. Thorlacius

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We argue that vacuum configuration of open strings correspond to Caldeira-Leggett models of dissipative quantum mechanics (DQM) evaluated at a delocalization critical point. This connection reveals that critical DQM can be expected to manifest reparametrization invariance (inherited from the conformal invariance of string theory) rather than just scale invariance. This connection should open up new ways of constructing analytic and approximate solutions of open string theory (in particular, topological solitons such as monopoles and instantons).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-138
Number of pages22
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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