Can random walks be applied to String Theory in curved space

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If we study the high temperature limit (near Hagedorn) of a string gas, most of the energy is concentrated in a single long string. If we model the string by a fixed number of rigid links of length ls and calculate the number of possible configurations, we get the density of states:

$$\omega(E) \sim \frac{ e^{ \beta E} }{ E^{ 1+D/2 } }$$

Is it possible to generalize this method in curved space?

A possible way is to calculate the torus path integral of a string that wraps the euclidian periodic time in a curved background. At high temperatures this can be calculated from the path integral of a single non-relativistic particle, which gives the free energy and thus the density of states. This seems to be called the random walk model. References: and .

But this seems totally different. A particle path can be related to a random walk, but one doesn't calculate the number of microstates from combinatoric reasoning. Is there a way to do something like that?

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