String theory

String theory is a promising solution for a profound problem: How does everyday gravitation behave on the short distance scales where the phenomena of quantum physics become noticeable?

In the basic approach of string theory, the fundamental objects of physics are no longer point-like particles but rather one-dimensional objects, so-called strings.

It appears that the strings move through a ten-dimensional space-time and must be supersymmetrical there. This assumption has many consequences: for example, that besides the strings there are also higher-dimensional objects, so-called D-branes.

A central question is how our familiar four-dimensional space-time, with the physics known to us, can be derived from this higher-dimensional theory.

In this context, the string theory group at MPP deals with different compactification scenarios. In doing so, the theorists also investigate what implications these have for particle physics and cosmology. Furthermore, we study general properties of quantum gravity and string theory in the framework of the swampland program. Among other things, it deals with the question which quantum field theories allow a consistent embedding in string theory at low energies or in quantum gravity at high energies - and for which quantum field theories this is not the case. The latter then belong to the so-called swampland.

Further, they are studying the quantum properties of black holes and the structure of quantum scattering processes in quantum field theory and quantum gravitation as well as the mathematical properties of compactifications, and non-associative algebras in particular.

Further information on the String theory group

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Group members

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name function e-mail extension office
Bischof, Andreas PhD-Student bischof 201 327
Blumenhagen, Ralph, PD Dr. Scientist blumenha 276 310
Chuying, Wang Student 464 248
Cribiori, Niccolo, Dr. Postdoc cribiori 206 312
De Biasio, Davide PhD-Student debiasio 201 327
Demulder, Saskia, Dr. Postdoc sademuld 531 312
Freigang, Julian PhD-Student jfreig 201 327
Gligovic, Aleksandar Student aglig 293 Bibliothek
Gnecchi, Alessandra, Dr. Postdoc agnecchi 273 346
Hasar, Arda Student hasar 464 248
Kaddachi, Seyf Student seyf 293 Bibliothek
Kneißl, Christian PhD-Student ckneissl 464 248
Kovtun, Andrei PhD-Student akovtun 320 340
Lüst, Dieter, Prof. Dr. Director luest 282 317
Makridou, Andriana PhD-Student amakrido 251 337
Martin Velasquez, David Student davidmv 293 Bibliothek
Masias Teves, Joaquin Aurelio Student jmasias 464 248
Mazloumi, Seyed Pouria PhD-Student pmazlomi 251 337
Neudert, Matthias Student mneudert 293 Bibliothek
Pelkner, Maximilian Student mpelkner 293 Bibliothek
Raml, Thomas PhD-Student raml 406 342
Scalisi, Marco, Dr. Postdoc mscalisi 532 319
Staudt, Georgina Student georgina 293 Bibliothek
Stieberger, Stephan, Dr. Scientist stieberg 310 323
Sturm, Annette Secretary asturm 482 307
Syvaeri, Marc PhD-Student msyvaeri LMU 2180-4115 LMU A 431
Warnick, Laurenz Student lawrence 464 248
Zantedeschi, Michael PhD-Student michaelz LMU 2180-4543 LMU 314

Key publications

X. Bekaert, J. Erdmenger, D. Ponomarev and C. Sleight,
Quartic AdS Interactions in Higher-Spin Gravity from Conformal Field Theory
Journal of High Energy Physics 1511 (2015) 149  

R. Blumenhagen, A. Font, M. Fuchs, D. Herschmann, E. Plauschinn, Y. Sekiguchi, F. Wolf
"A Flux-Scaling Scenario for High-Scale Moduli Stabilization in String
Theory", Nucl.Phys. B897 (2015) 500-554

G. Dvali, C. Gomez, R. Isermann, D. Lüst, S. Stieberger
Black Hole Formation and Classicalization in ultra-Planckian 2 -> N Scattering
Nucl.Phys. 893 (2015) 187

A. Font, I. Garcia Etxebarria, D. Lüst, S. Massai, C. Mayrhofer
Heterotic T-fects, 6D SCFTs and F-Theory