Unified Theory: Exploring Strings, Energy & Light

In summary, there is a lack of understanding about the nature of strings and their energy, as well as other fundamental concepts such as mass, gravity, and time. While strings are believed to be composed of vibrational modes of energy, it is not fully understood how they obtain this energy or why they exist. The laws of quantum field theory govern the interactions and energy of strings, but their true nature remains a mystery.
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In special relativity we say that a particle traveling at the speed of light uses all its energy to do so and thus has no energy for anything else. ie (movement through time) This begs the question; what is giving the string the energy to vibrate? Or does its maximum vibration equate the speed of light? If we could find a unified theory that proves the existence of strings would these questions be valid? I may be stupid, but one can always learn.
 
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In special relativity we say that a particle traveling at the speed of light uses all its energy to do so
Where did you hear this? A particle traveling at c can have any energy, but can have no mass. (E=pc)

ie (movement through time)
I think that this is a bad interpretation of the physics involved. One can not assign a co-moving reference frame to a particle at c, as c must always be c from every frame. Hence, no proper time can be defined (proper time is time as seen from a certain reference frame). This is not due to lack of energy.

This begs the question; what is giving the string the energy to vibrate?
Strings are quantum objects, and as such classical physical concepts of energy don't apply to them. Energy becomes an operator (as does anything we can observe*), which is applied to a quantum state. It's corresponding so-called eigenvalues are what we measure as energy, which are quantisized. This means that they can only appear as products with integers. (e.g, you could have an energy of 123.3 Mev and 154.13 MeV but not anything in between). An interesting consequence of this is that a quantum system has a minimum non-zero energy. So strings have some 'vacuum state'. (EDIT: Not to be confused with the ground state, which is the minimum energy in typical quantum mechanics). They can also gain and lose energy through various interactions. These interactions are governed by the laws of quantum field theory.

*A very important concept in quantum physics :smile:

Or does its maximum vibration equate the speed of light?
I don't think I understand the question. Vibration is not a physical quantity, by itself. We could define frequency, for instance. But not compare it to speed. If your question really means "does the speed of light 'barrier' apply to strings", then the answer is yes.
 
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I had a question about vritual paticles or vacuum fluctuation.
if this means that matter ( paticle and anti-particle pairs) is created from " nothing" ?
 
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Is it possible that string energy could ever be visible. Not by the naked eye, but by a camera
 
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This begs the question; what is giving the string the energy to vibrate?

or... why is a string composed of energy?

Nobody knows...nobody knows what a string is...we just say it's vibrational modes of energy. Nobody knows what "mass" nor gravity nor "time" is either...the best we can do is describe some of their observed behaviors and hopefully make some testable predictions.
 
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Have I misunderstood something?

A string is a line along which a particle can vibrate. No particle has rest mass, but the string as a whole can obtain mass if the particle is vibrating at the speed of light, given by hf/c^2 where h=planck length, f=frequency, c=speed of light. The string for a photon does not have mass, therefore vibrations on the photon string are slower than light.
 
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Correction: Strings vibrate in more than one dimension, therefore the mass should be the sum of hf/c^2 for all frequencies f for vibration in each dimension.
 

1. What is a unified theory?

A unified theory, also known as a grand unified theory or theory of everything, is a theoretical framework that aims to explain all of the fundamental forces and particles of the universe in a single theory.

2. What is the role of strings in a unified theory?

In a unified theory, strings are proposed as the fundamental building blocks of the universe. These strings vibrate at different frequencies, giving rise to different particles and forces.

3. How does energy play a role in a unified theory?

In a unified theory, energy is seen as a fundamental aspect of the universe. It is through the interactions of energy and matter, as described by the theory, that the universe operates.

4. What is the relationship between light and a unified theory?

Light, or electromagnetic radiation, is one of the four fundamental forces in a unified theory. It is also believed to be the messenger particle for the force that binds matter together.

5. Has a unified theory been proven?

At this point, there is no single unified theory that has been proven to accurately describe all of the fundamental forces and particles of the universe. However, many scientists continue to work towards discovering or developing a unified theory.

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