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Bootstrap idea holding up?

  1. Feb 22, 2009 #1
    What are some of the problems with Chew's bootstrap model? Is it still a theory to be recognized and seriously considered?
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  3. Feb 22, 2009 #2


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    Although QCD, not bootstrap, is the correct theory of strong interactions, according to John Schwarz, ideas behind the bootstrap have found their way into string theory. http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0007118
  4. Feb 23, 2009 #3


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    The problem with the bootstrap is that there are known particles that can't be explained by the bootstrap (the psi discovery particularly), but quarks seem to work. The S-matrix part of the bootstrap still has useful aspects. Chew students (Schwartz and Gross) were part of the early development of QCD and String Theories, some of which were outgrowths of bootstrap S-matrix and Regge stuff.
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