Strings in background fields

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Abstract

We review the progress which has recently been made in determining the spacetime backgrounds in which strings may consistently propagate. At the no-string-loop level, satisfactory backgrounds correspond to conformally invariant non-linear signal models and the condition of conformal invariance can be expressed as a field equation for the background spacetime. The problem of finding the effect of string loops on this picture is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Scripta
Volume1987
Issue numberT15
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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