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http://arxiv.org/abs/1609.06863

A brief review of E theory

Peter West

(Submitted on 22 Sep 2016)

I begin with some memories of Abdus Salam who was my PhD supervisor. After reviewing the theory of non-linear realisations and Kac-Moody algebras, I explain how to construct the non-linear realisation based on the Kac-Moody algebra E11 and its vector representation. I explain how this field theory leads to dynamical equations which contain an infinite number of fields defined on a space time with an infinite number of coordinates. I then show that these unique dynamical equations, when truncated to low level fields and the usual coordinates of space time, lead to precisely the equations of motion of eleven dimensional supergravity theory. By taking different group decompositions of E11 we find all the maximal supergravity theories, including the gauged maximal supergravities, and as a result the non-linear realisation should be thought of as a unified theory that is the low energy effective action for type II strings and branes. These results essentially confirm the E11 conjecture given many years ago.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1609.07078

Non-abelian Z-theory: Berends-Giele recursion for the α′-expansion of disk integrals

Carlos R. Mafra, Oliver Schlotterer

(Submitted on 22 Sep 2016)

We present a recursive method to calculate the α′-expansion of disk integrals arising in tree-level scattering of open strings which resembles the approach of Berends and Giele to gluon amplitudes. Following an earlier interpretation of disk integrals as doubly partial amplitudes of an effective theory of scalars dubbed as Z-theory, we pinpoint the equation of motion of Z-theory from the Berends-Giele recursion for its tree amplitudes. A computer implementation of this method including explicit results for the recursion up to order α′^{7}is made available on the website this http URL

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