Novel mathematical approaches enhance our description of string theory
String theory attempts to unify currently incompatible theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Matter and force particles are described as a collection of 1D strings rather than 0D points, vibrating in a 10-dimensional space – 9 dimensions of space and 1 of time. The additional 6D space beyond our classic 4D one is described by so-called Calabi–Yau manifolds. There are many, perhaps infinite, possible Calabi–Yau threefolds (three complex dimensions), confounded by mirror symmetry in which some of these may look different geometrically but are essentially equivalent in the context of string theory. The EU-funded MMiMMa project is delving deep into Calabi–Yau threefolds and mirror symmetry for new insight into string theory.
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Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
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