Stringy Higgs mechanism and the fate of open strings

  title={Stringy Higgs mechanism and the fate of open strings},
  author={A. Gerasimov and S. Shatashvili},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Physics},
  • A. Gerasimov, S. Shatashvili
  • Published 2001
  • Physics
  • Journal of High Energy Physics
  • We propose a refinement of the physical picture describing different vacua in bosonic string theory. The vacua with closed strings and open strings are connected by the string field theory version of the Higgs mechanism, generalizing the Higgs mechanism of an abelian gauge field interacting with a complex scalar. In accordance with Sen's conjecture, the condensation of the tachyon is an essential part of the story. We consider this phenomenon from the point of view of both a world-sheet sigma… CONTINUE READING
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