
#1
Aug1010, 09:49 PM

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Has anyone seen a treatment of how to use the wave equation to describe a closed loop of string. Im talking ordinary strings here not the fancy string theory kind.




#2
Aug1010, 11:18 PM

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I think its the same as a linear string, except with cyclical boundary conditions?




#3
Aug1110, 12:07 AM

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Actually, there is a good treatment of this in Zwiebach's string theory book. Just check out the earlier chapters, and forget about trying to quantize the string.
Basically, you take the wave equation for a nonclosed string, and give it periodic boundary conditions, that's all. 


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