# Things fall apart: topology change from winding tachyons

@article{Adams2005ThingsFA, title={Things fall apart: topology change from winding tachyons}, author={Allan Adams and X. Liu and John McGreevy and Alex Saltman and E. Silverstein}, journal={Journal of High Energy Physics}, year={2005}, volume={2005}, pages={033-033} }

We argue that closed string tachyons drive two spacetime topology changing transitions--loss of genus in a Riemann surface and separation of a Riemann surface into two components. The tachyons of interest are localized versions of Scherk-Schwarz winding string tachyons arising on Riemann surfaces in regions of moduli space where string-scale tubes develop. Spacetime and world-sheet renormalization group analyses provide strong evidence that the decay of these tachyons removes a portion of the…

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