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Non-relativistic strings from WZW theories

  • Girish Vishwa

Event description

String theory, in its most elementary formulation, is a set of maps from a worldsheet to some target space. In the quest for a theory of quantum gravity, our models almost always have Lorentzian target spaces (or backgrounds). However, what happens if we consider non-Lorentzian target spaces? In particular, what about Galilean target spaces? This leads to the notion of non-relativistic strings, which have become much more popular in the last 10 years for various reasons. However, there are exceedingly few explicit examples of non-relativistic strings that one can build as the quantisation of a field theory on a worldsheet. To remedy this, I present my work with my supervisor, which involves building a class of non-relativistic string theories by appropriately gauging certain types of WZW models.

Non-relativistic strings from WZW theories


Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB (Find us on campus maps)
The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building, 4305
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