## Topics in double field theory

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Kwak, Seung Ki
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.

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Barton Zwiebach.

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The existence of momentum and winding modes of closed string on a torus leads to a natural idea that the field theoretical approach of string theory should involve winding type coordinates as well as the usual space-time coordinates. Recently developed double field theory is motivated from this idea and it implements T-duality manifestly by doubling the coordinates. In this thesis we will mainly focus on the double field theory formulation of different string theories in its low energy limit: bosonic, heterotic, type II and its massive extensions, and M = 1 super-gravity theory. In chapter 2 of the thesis we study the equivalence of different formulations of double field theory. There are three different formulations of double field theory: background field E formulation, generalized metric H formulation, and frame field EAM formulation. Starting from the frame field formalism and choosing an appropriate gauge, the equivalence of the three formulations of bosonic theory are explicitly verified. In chapter 3 we construct the double field theory formulation of heterotic strings. The global symmetry enlarges to O(D, D + n) for heterotic strings and the enlarged generalized metric features this symmetry. The structural form of bosonic theory can directly be applied to the heterotic theory with the enlarged generalized metric. In chapter 4 we develop a unified framework of double field theory for type II theories. The Ramond-Ramond potentials fit into spinor representations of the duality group 0(D, D) and the theory displays Spin+(D, D) symmetry with its self-duality relation. For a specific form of RR 1-form the theory reduces to the massive deformation of type IIA theory due to Romans. In chapter 5 we formulate the K = 1 supersymmetric extension of double field theory including the coupling to n abelian vector multiplets. This theory features a local 0(1, 9 + n) x 0(1, 9) tangent space symmetry under which the fermions transform.

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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2012. Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-204).

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2012##### Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics##### Publisher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Physics.