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On the BRST invariance of string theory

Rey, Soo-Jong (1988) On the BRST invariance of string theory. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


Radiative corrections to string scattering amplitude generate, in general, BRST anomalies due to the massless particle tadpole, the on-shell external two-point function singularities, and the intermediate unphysical cut singularities. It is proved that they originate from the boundaries of moduli space. Unitarity, analyticity, and BRST invariance are restored only after we add appropriate local counterterms to the scattering amplitudes. We show that counterterms have physical interpretations as the Fischler-Susskind mechanism, the mass renormalization, and the contact interactions respectively.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Committee:
  • Wise, Mark B. (chair)
Defense Date:2 May 1988
Record Number:etd-01052005-142036
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