When doing generalised linear algebra, we want to study transformations that preserve the canonical pairing from the last note (of signature $latex {O(d,d)}&fg=000000$): $latex \displaystyle O(V \oplus V^{\star}) = \{A \in GL(V \oplus V^{\star}): \langle A_v, A_w \rangle = \langle v, w \rangle \ \text{for all} \ v,w \in V \oplus V^{\star}. \} \ \ …

# Tag: Double Field Theory

# Double Field Theory as the double copy of Yang-Mills

1. Introduction A few weeks ago I came across this paper [DHP] on Double Field Theory and the double copy of Yang-Mills. Its result is most curious. As a matter of introduction, recall how fundamental interactions in nature are governed by two kinds of theories: On the one hand, Einstein's theory of relativity. On the …

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# Doubled diffeomorphisms and the generalised Ricci curvature

I was asked a question the other week about the idea of doubled diffeomorphisms, such as those found in double field theory. A nice way to approach the concept is to start with dualised linearised gravity [1]. That is to say, we start with a theory considering only the field $latex h_{ij}(x^{\mu}, x^a, \tilde{x}_a) &fg=000000 …

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# Start of new semester, thinking about double field theory cosmology

I haven't added much to my blog in the past weeks. With university kicking off again, and with Tony and I having our first work sessions of the semester, it has been quite busy. I've also been adjusting to being back at university after summer holiday, and with being back on campus for the first …

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# (n-1)-thoughts, n=4: A return to the North Sea, new string papers, and Strings 2021

Our return to the North Sea Beth and I frequently talk about how we miss the North Sea. We lived on the coast and I think it is our nature that we both prefer its unique countryside. But now that we're living in East Midlands, landlocked and busy at university, we haven't been back for …

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# O(D,D) and Double Field Theory

1. Introduction In continuation of a past entry, this week I was intending to write more about double sigma models. I wanted to offer several further remarks on the intrinsic aspects of the doubled world-sheet formalism, and also give the reader a sense of direction when it comes to interesting questions about the geometry of …

# The duality symmetric string: A return to Tseytlin

The case of the duality symmetric string is a curious one (in a recent post we began discussing this string in the context of building toward a study of duality symmetric M-theory). In this essay, which may serve as the first of a few on the topic, I want to offer an introduction to some …

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# Literature: Duality Symmetric String and the Doubled Formalism

When it comes to a T-duality invariant formulation of string theory, there are two primary actions that are useful to study as a point of entry. The first is Tseytlin's non-covariant action. It is found in his formulation of the duality symmetric string, which presents a stringy extension of the Floreanini-Jackiw Lagrangians for chiral fields. …

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# Thinking About the Strong Constraint in Double Field Theory

I've been thinking a lot lately about the strong (or section) constraint in Double Field Theory. In this post, I want to talk a bit about this constraint. Before doing so, perhaps a lightning review of some other aspects of DFT might be beneficial, particularly in contextualising why the condition appears in the process of …

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# Double Field Theory: The Courant Bracket

1. Introduction In this post we are going to briefly and somewhat schematically discuss the appearance of the Courant bracket in Double Field Theory (DFT), following [1]. The point here is mainly to set the stage, so we jump straight into motivating the Courant bracket. In the next post, we will then study the B-transformations …

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