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Has Sen quantized superstring fields?

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Today I saw a paper by Ashoke Sen titled "BV Master Action for Heterotic and Type II String Field Theories".

  1. Is it really the "quantization" of superstring fields for the first time?

  2. What can be its possible implications in string theory?

  3. Can it be helpful to "prove" Maldacena's original AdS/CFT conjecture (in the context of type IIB superstrings) as it incorporates Ramond-Ramond fields in the quantized theory?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2015-08-26 05:07 (UTC), posted by SE-user pinu
asked Aug 25, 2015 in Theoretical Physics by Physics Moron (280 points) [ no revision ]

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Thanks for asking this question.

Sen's central result is that his approach to formulating the action in the Ramond sector is consistent. That is, the spurious degrees of freedom he needs for the Ramond action decouple at the loop level. For Type II superstrings, we probably can't do much better than this because the self-dual five form resists a Lagrangian description. For heterotic strings and open strings, there may be better options. See the recent paper by Okawa and Kunitomo.

Sen does not actually go very far towards constructing the Lagrangian. But he has an argument that in principle one can find a set of closed string vertices which satisfy a set of algebraic relations which imply gauge invariance. This is an argument he has been developing, at some points in collaboration with E. Witten, over the past 2 years or so.

I do not know how much one can learn about nonperturbative string theory knowing the existence of such a Lagrangian. To me, it seems we do not know much more about the Lagrangian than a set of algebraic relations which have been known since the 90's, and in any case were generally expected to apply to superstrings. But I wouldn't underestimate A. Sen. I am most excited to see where he goes with this.

answered Sep 8, 2015 by T. Erler [ no revision ]

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