Open strings on the Rindler horizon

Edward Witten

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Abstract

It has been proposed that a certain ℤN orbifold, analytically continued in N, can be used to describe the thermodynamics of Rindler space in string theory. In this paper, we attempt to implement this idea for the open-string sector. The most interesting result is that, although the orbifold is tachyonic for positive integer N, the tachyon seems to disappear after analytic continuation to the region that is appropriate for computing Tr ρN, where ρ is the density matrix of Rindler space and Re N> 1. Analytic continuation of the full orbifold conformal field theory remains a challenge, but we find some evidence that if such analytic continuation is possible, the resulting theory is a logarithmic conformal field theory, necessarily nonunitary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number126
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2019
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Black Holes in String Theory
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings

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