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Are strings oscillators with specific gauge properties?

  1. Apr 14, 2006 #1
    I have been reading about string theory, most recently about twistor string theory.
    I think that I have a basic understanding, but certainly am no expert.

    The helix is an important structure in transmitting information of various types:
    - music theory mathematics [wave and matrix]
    - only known structure capable of reproducing and adapting at the cellular gauge
    - 3D form of Schroedinger equation [and Heisenberg equivalent] in QM
    - 3D form of Steinmetz phasor equations in EE AC electricity

    Simple and complex harmonic oscillators are known to exist.

    If vibrating stings are like these entities, then is gauge the only difference?
    If not, what are the differences?

    Does gauge theory extend to the planetary, stellar and galactic range of GR / SR?
    Or is gauge theory limited to the QM range?

    Helicity is emphasized in in twistor string theory.

    Does this refer to the helical trajectories found in mechanics and ballistics?

    If so, then should helicity become a dimension like the string dimension used by Borcherds in the proof of Monstrous Moonshine?

    If so, does twistor string theory become a subset of Monstrous Moonshine?

    Dimension seems to be used in multiple ways by various authors.
    The Calabi-Yau manifold has three real and three imaginary axes.
    This appears to be treated as six total dimensions in M-theory.
    But this appears to be treated as three complex dimensions in twistor string theory.

    [VERY SPECULATIVE] - Yet could this not be treated as one spatial dimension if dimension is rigidly defined as “degree of freedom”?

    Caspar Wessel in 1797 appeared to have demonstrated the imaginary unit was rotated one unit counterclockwise from the real line - not really a degree of freedom.
    One could argue that Wessel thus demonstrated that that the imaginary unit is more ‘invisible’ than imaginary.
    Perhaps one could argue that since the real y and z axes are both orthogonal to the real x axis - that these are really not degrees of freedom.
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  3. Jul 11, 2006 #2
    I just saw a program on PBS that had briefly touched base on the String Theroy, my thoughts are the same as Dcase. It stated that strings are so minute that may never be able to see one to verify its existance except on paper. Well for what is worth here is my idea, I agree that if a string is viberating then it it must be oscillating. If it is oscillating thus it must have a frequency or a set of frequencies. If this is possible one might be able construct a device to listen or record the frequency or frequencies it might be oscillating at. The problem is building an instrument that sensative and where to listen to to without any interferrence. I am no expert either but I'd thought I'd toss in my thought. Todd
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