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Bosonic M theory. (English) Zbl 1036.81512

Summary: We conjecture that there exists a strong coupling limit of bosonic string theory which is related to the 26 dimensional theory in the same way that 11 dimensional M theory is related to superstring theory. More precisely, we believe that bosonic string theory is the compactification on a line interval of a 27 dimensional theory whose low-energy limit contains gravity and a three-form potential. The line interval becomes infinite in the strong coupling limit, and this may provide a stable ground state of the theory. We discuss some of the consequences of this conjecture.

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81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
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