String Impermanence?

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Are the strings in M-Theory impermanent, do they decay for example?(I am not a physicist, curious from a philosophical perspective)
 

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analogdesign
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How could strings decay if they are the fundamental unit of energy? What would they decay into? I would say string theory posits that strings are the bottom of the barrel.
 
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WillyB
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Thanks. So, they are not subject to quantum fluctuation?
 
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WillyB
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Thanks trimok. For some reason, when you mention the fracturing and melding of loops, the image I have is of the back side of a field. I'm starting to get the (mem)brane terminology. It seems impermanence applies only in the sense that the instance of a string form is constantly evolving. Still, I wonder if the loops themselves ever dissipate energy to the extent they pass out of existence. Perhaps branes pass out of interference in some way.
 

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