String Theory
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Prior to the First Superstring Revolution
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Regge Trajectory
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Supersymmetric Revolution Supersymmetry
RNS Formalism
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Type II String Theory
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Holographic Principle
N=4 Super-Yang-Mills Theory
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Matrix String Theory
(2,0) Theory
Twistor String Theory
String Field Theory
Pure Spinor Formalism
After the Revolutions
Phenomenology String Theory Landscape
Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model
String Phenomenology

The Pure Spinor Formalism is a modification to the GS Formalism invented by Nathan Berkovits, in which the Ghosts are pure spinors. Unlike the GS Formalism, the Pure Spinor Formalism is manifestly spacetime-supersymmetric.

Action PrincipleEdit this section

According to equation 3.1 in [1], the action for a superstring in flat space is

$ S = \int \mbox{d} ^2 z (\frac{1}{2} \partial X^m \overline{\partial} X_m + p_{\alpha} \overline{\partial} \theta^{\alpha} + \omega_{\alpha} \overline{\partial} \lambda^{\alpha} + \hat{p}_{\bar{\alpha}} \partial \hat{\theta}^{\bar{\alpha}} + \hat{\omega}_{\bar{\alpha}} \partial \hat{\lambda}^{\bar{\alpha}} ) $

where $ \lambda $ is a bosonic pure spinor ghost and $ \omega $ its conjugate momentum (see equation 2.7 in [1]), with unhatted $ (\lambda, \omega) $ being left-moving and hatted $ (\hat{\lambda}, \hat{\omega}) $ being right-moving (see remark beneath equation 2.1 in [2]).

Mathematical OriginEdit this section

Berkovits has recently[3] obtained the pure spinor formalism for the superstring by starting with purely bosonic variables (10 space-time dimensions, and a 10-dimensional bosonic pure spinor). The fermions of the superstring arise as Ghosts in this construction.

ReferencesEdit this section

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bedoya, Oscar., Berkovits, Nathan..
  2. Berkovits, Nathan..
  3. Berkovits, Nathan..
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