Monday, July 29, 2013

1307.7080 (Laurent Freidel et al.)

Born Reciprocity in String Theory and the Nature of Spacetime    [PDF]

Laurent Freidel, Robert G. Leigh, Djordje Minic
After many years, the deep nature of spacetime in string theory remains an enigma. In this letter we incorporate the concept of Born reciprocity in order to provide a new point of view on string theory in which spacetime is a derived dynamical concept. This viewpoint may be thought of as a dynamical chiral phase space formulation of string theory, in which Born reciprocity is implemented as a choice of a Lagrangian submanifold of the phase space, and amounts to a generalization of T-duality. In this approach the fundamental symmetry of string theory contains phase space diffeomorphism invariance and the underlying string geometry should be understood in terms of dynamical bi-Lagrangian manifolds and an apparently new geometric structure, somewhat reminiscent of para-quaternionic geometry, which we call Born geometry.
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