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B How does the vibration of a quantum string translate to a "particle's" mass?

  1. Mar 24, 2016 #1
    According to string theory, all elementary particles are really 1 dimensional vibrating strings and the frequency that the strings are vibrating create different particles with different masses and other properties. But what I seem to not be able to find an answer to is how the vibrational state of a string can create a property such as mass. Can someone please explain.
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  3. Mar 24, 2016 #2
    I think the simple answer is that these "vibrating" strings have apparent energy unique to the arrangements and frequencies involved which is what constitutes majority of the mass. A very small portion of massive atoms are actual physical particles, the majority is the energy of the gluons holding the quarks together.
  4. Mar 24, 2016 #3


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    To be more terse: E=mc^2
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