RNS mass calculation question

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I'm an engineer trying to get some understanding of string theory. I'm reading the Becker, Becker, & Schwarz book & am confused about the string mass calc in the R & NS sectors. As I understand it, the R sector contains fermions & NS has bosons. Yet, the mass squared in R depends on the sum of bosonic & fermionic oscillator coefficients. Same w/ NS sector. Why not bosonic oscillators only in NS & fermionic oscillators only in R sector for the mass calc?

Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this
Larry Warren
Joliet, IL
 

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...As I understand it, the R sector contains fermions & NS has bosons. Yet, the mass squared in R depends on the sum of bosonic & fermionic oscillator coefficients. Same w/ NS sector. Why not bosonic oscillators only in NS & fermionic oscillators only in R sector for the mass calc?

They mean spacetime fermions and bosons, not world-sheet fermions and bosons.
 
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