Superstrings at high temperature

Mark J. Bowick, L. C.R. Wijewardhana

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Abstract

The behavior of ten-dimensional superstrings at high temperatures is studied by use of the microcanonical ensemble. We focus on closed superstring theories. The massive string excitations alone have negative specific heat. Such a system can reach equilibrium with the zero modes of the string if the energy carried by zero modes is less than a given fraction of the total energy. The temperature can then exceed the Hagedorn temperature. Some consequences for the evolution of the universe are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2485-2488
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume54
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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    Bowick, M. J., & Wijewardhana, L. C. R. (1985). Superstrings at high temperature. Physical Review Letters, 54(23), 2485-2488. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.54.2485