Theory of strings with boundaries: Fluctuations, topology and quantum geometry

Orlando Alvarez

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We discuss Polyakov's quantization of the string in the presence of a boundary allowing for an arbitrary topology for the world sheet. In addition to the dynamical conformal factor discovered by Polyakov, there are a finite number of new degrees of freedom if the surface is more complicated than a sphere or a disc. The quantization of the Liouville theory in an arbitrary topology is discussed. A one-loop calculation shows that the model is renormalizable if one performs a mass renormalization and an additive field renormalization. The renormalization group equations have a perturbative infrared unstable fixed point in all topologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-184
Number of pages60
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 25 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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