Some computations in background-independent off-shell string theory

Edward Witten

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Abstract

Recently, background-independent open-string field theory has been formally defined in the space of all two-dimensional world-sheet theories. In this paper, to make the construction more concrete, I compute the action for an off-shell tachyon field of a certain simple type. From the computation it emerges that, although the string field action does not coincide with the world-sheet (matter) partition function in general, these functions do coincide on shell. This can be demonstrated in general, as long as matter and ghosts are decoupled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3405-3410
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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