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Superstrings - what happens when a string has no vibration?

  1. Jan 9, 2008 #1
    Can anyone tell me what would happen if a "string" (as in the strings in the superstring theory) for some reason had no vibration. Would it cease to exist? Would it just release all of its energy?
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  3. Jan 9, 2008 #2


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    I'm not sure they can stop vibrating.
  4. Jan 10, 2008 #3


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    In bosonic string theory, the string state without vibration corresponds to a tachyon. However, bosonic string theory is not realistic.
    In superstring theory, such a tachyonic state is removed by the GSO projection. In other words, a superstring state without vibration does not exist.
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