# Deformation of the Cubic Open String Field Theory

###### Abstract

We study a consistent deformation of the cubic open bosonic string theory in such a way that the non-planar world sheet diagrams of the perturbative string theory are mapped onto their equivalent planar diagrams of the light-cone string field theory with some length parameters fixed. An explicit evaluation of the cubic string vertex in the zero-slope limit yields the correct relationship between the string coupling constant and the Yang-Mills coupling constant. The deformed cubic open string field theory is shown to produce the non-Abelian Yang-Mills action in the zero-slope limit if it is defined on multiple D-branes. Applying the consistent deformation systematically to multi-string world sheet diagrams, we may be able to calculate scattering amplitudes with an arbitrary number of external open strings.

###### pacs:

11.15.âq, 11.25.-w, 11.25.Sq,## I Introduction

If its perturbation theory is correctly defined, the covariant string field theory is expected to replace eventually the quantum field theory which has not been successful to describe quantum particles with spin two and higher spins. However, in practice, it is rather difficult to make use of the covariant cubic string field theory Witten1986 (); Witten92p () to calculate the particle scattering amplitudes. The main reason is that the world sheet diagrams of cubic open string field theory are non-planar unlike those of the light-cone string field theory Mandelstam1973 (); Mandelstam1974 (); Kaku1974a (); Kaku1974b (); Cremmer74 (); Cremmer75 (); GreenSW (). Witten Witten1986 () introduced an associative product between the open string field operators which represents the mid-point overlapping interaction. With the associative star product, the string field action takes the form of the Chern-Simons three-form which is invariant under the BRST gauge transformation. The cubic open string field theory has a merit of the BRST gauge invariance due to the associative algebra of the string field operators. But at the same time the mid-point overlapping interaction renders the world-sheet diagrams non-planar so that it becomes a difficult task to get the Fock space representations of the multi-string vertices.

The Fock space representation of the three-string vertex of the cubic open string field theory has been obtained by Gross and Jevicki in Refs. Grossjevicki87a () and Grossjevicki87b () by mapping the world-sheet diagram of six strings onto a circular disk and imposing an orbifold condition. The conformal mapping of the four-string world sheet to the upper half complex plane with branch cuts has been constructed by Giddings Giddings86 (). The Neumann functions of the three-string vertex have been calculated in Refs. Cremmer86 (); Grossjevicki87a (); Samuel86 () and the Neumann functions of the four-string vertex has been computed by Samuel in Ref. Samuel88 (). However, there seems to be no similarity between the conformal mappings for the three-string vertex and that of the four-string vertex. It seems also difficult to apply those constructions of the conformal mappings to more complex world sheet diagrams of multi-string vertices. Thus, it is desirable to develop a more systematic technique which could be applied to string scattering diagrams with an arbitrary number of external strings. In the present work, we propose a consistent deformation of the world sheet diagrams which transforms the non-planar diagrams of multi-string scattering into planar diagrams. Once having obtained the planar diagrams of the multi-string vertices, we can make use of the light-cone string field theory technique by mapping the world sheet diagrams onto the upper half complex plane. For the three-string vertex and the four-string vertex, it is enough to choose external string states such that physical string states are encoded only on the halves of the external strings. By an explicit calculation, we shall show that the deformed cubic string vertex yields the three-gauge field vertex with the correct Yang-Mills coupling constant in the zero-slope limit. The four-gauge field vertex of the Yang-Mills action shall be also evaluated by using the deformed world sheet diagram of the four-string vertex which is effectively generated by two cubic string vertices and an intermediate string propagator.

## Ii Deformation of the Witten’s Open String Field Theory Diagrams

We shall begin the Witten’s cubic open string field theory action Witten1986 () on muti-D-branes which is given as

(1) |

where is the BRST operator and the sring field is matrix valued

(2) |

The star product of between the string field operators is defined as follows

(3) |

In terms of the normal modes, the string coordinates , are expanded as

(4) |

It is the associativity of the star product algebra

(5) |

that ensures invariance of the cubic string field theory action under the gauge transformation of the string field

(6) |

In order to discuss the deformation of the cubic string field theory we extend the range of the world sheet coordinate firstly as

(7) |

The mid-point is now located at . Accordingly, the star product Eq. (2) and the normal mode expansion Eq. (4) should be appropriately redefined

(8) |

as shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 2 depicts the world sheet diagram of three-string scattering. We observe that during the scattering process, physical information encoded on the left half of the first string and physical information encoded on the right half of the second string are not carried over to the third string. In view of scattering process roles of the left half of the first string and the right half of the second string are auxiliary. Note that the strings satisfy the Neumann boundary condition on the boundary in Fig. 1 . We may separate the path, corresponding to the world sheet trajectory of the left half of the first string and the right half of the second string from the rest part of the world sheet of three-string scattering. On the patch as we redefine the world sheet local coordinates by interchanging , the boundary condition on becomes

(9) |

(See fig. 3.) On the patch we also define new string coordinates

(10) | |||||

The Neumann condition on the boundary may be written as

(11) | |||||

(12) |

where is a normalization constant for the Neumann state. is the open string analogue of the Neumann boundary state of the closed string theory. The open string on the boundary may propagates freely to the line if the endpoints of the open string on the patch satisfy the Neumann condition

(13) |

Then the open string state on turns out to be the Neumann state again

(14) |

The extra phase factor may be absorbed into the normalization constant of the Neumann state. (We may also extend the range of as : It result in removing the factor because the open string state on becomes .) Hence, if we choose the Neumann condition for the left half of the first string and for the right half of the second string at the initial time, we may remove the patch which consists of the world sheets of the left half of the first string and the right half of the second string. The string path integral over the patch to scattering amplitude is simply

(15) |

Thus, the string path integral over the patch does not contribute to the scattering amplitude

To be consistent with this scheme we may encode the initial states of the first and the second string states onto the right half of the first string and the left half of the second string respectively as depicted in Fig. 4 and Fig. 5:

(16) |

Fig. 6 depicts the deformed world sheet diagram of the three-string scattering after the auxiliary patch is completely removed. Because the world sheet diagram is not deformed uniformly, the associativity of the star product is not preserved. Consequently, the BRST gauge invariance is not manifest in the string field action with the deformed cubic interaction. But if we formally keep the auxiliary patch, the associativity of the star product, hence the gauge invariance can be kept intact. As we remove the auxiliary patch, the world sheet diagram of the three-string becomes planar, which then can be mapped onto the upper half complex plane without any additional condition.

## Iii Three-Gauge Field Vertex from the Deformed Three-String Vertex

The planar diagram of the deformed three-string scattering is equivalent to that of the covariantized light-cone string field theory of HIKKO Hata1986 () with length parameters fixed as

(17) |

Unlike the HIKKO’s open covariant string field theory, we do not need to integrate over the unphysical length parameters to make the string field action invariant under the BRST gauge transformation. Simply reattaching the auxiliary patch would restore the BRST gauge invariant form. On the planar world sheet we may introduce a global coordinate of which real part is the proper time . The planar world sheet may be mapped onto the upper half complex plane by the Schwarz-Christoffel transformation given as

(18) |

The temporal boundaries of the world sheet (labeled as in Fig. 7) are mapped onto the real ine. On individual string world sheet patches we may define local coordinates , which are related to as follows

(19a) | |||||

(19b) | |||||

(19c) |

where .

The Fock space representation of the three-string vertex in terms of the Neumann funcitons follows from the light-cone string theory with length parameters fixed:

(20) |

The interaction term of three-string field may be written as

(21) |

The three-gauge interaction term may be obtained by choosing the external state as

(22) |

in the zero-slope limit:

(23) | |||||

where the Yang-Mills coupling constant is related to the string interaction coupling as

(24) |

Making use of the explicit expressions of the Neumann functions

(25a) | |||||

(25b) | |||||

(25c) |

we find the three-gauge interaction term

(26) | |||||

## Iv Four-Gauge Field Vertex from the Deformed Four-String Vertex

The four-gauge field interaction term of the Yang-Mills gauge field theory is obtained from the four-string scattering diagram which is perturbatively generated by the cubic interaction. Fig. 8 depicts the effective four-string vertex of the cubic open string field theory. Choosing the external string states such that the physical information is encoded only on halves of external strings, we may effectively remove the auxiliary patches as in the case of three-string scattering diagram. This deformation process results in choosing the length parameters of the four strings as

(27) |

The resultant planar world sheet diagram of the deformed four-string scattering is described by Fig. 9

Now we shall discuss the reduction of the four-string vertex to the four-gauge field vertex in the zero-slope limit. The Witten’s cubic open string field theory action does not contain a four-string interaction term in contrast to the light-cone string field theory and the covariantized light-cone string field theory of HIKKO Hata1986 (). Thus, the four-gauge field interaction term of the Yang-Mills gauge field theory should be derived solely from the effective four-string interaction, perturbatively generated by the three-string interaction. Having deformed the four-string world sheet diagram into the planar diagram, we may map it onto the upper half complex plane as shown in Fig. 10 by the following Schwarz-Christoffel transformation

(28) |

with . The parameter is identified as the Koba-Nielsen variable of the four-string scattering.

We may derive the invariant momentum dependent four-string scattering amplitude from the three-string interaction by using the Cremmer-Gervais identity Cremmer75 () as follows

(29a) | |||||

(29b) |

If we choose the external four-string state as

(30) |

we may find that the four-string scattering amplitude yields in the zero-slope limit to following effective four-gauge field action:

(31) | |||||

Using ,

(32a) | |||||

(32b) | |||||

(32c) |

and in the zero-slope limit, we get the effective four-gauge field action as follows

(33) | |||||

Here we define the Mandelstam variables as

(34) |

In the zero-slope limit

(35) |

The resultant effective four-gauge interaction term does not only contain the contact four-gauge field interaction but also contribution of the effective four-gauge interaction generated perturbatively by the three-gauge field interaction of the Yang-Mills field theory. Substracting the effective four-gauge field interaction of the Yang-Mills theory from Hata1986 (), we get the four-gauge field contact interaction of the Yang-Mills theory

(36) | |||||

Putting together the guage field interaction terms , Eq. (26) and , Eq. (36) as well as the free field action which may be derived easily from the kinetic term of the string field action in the zero-slope limit, yields the covariant Yang-Mills field action

(37) |

## V Conclusions

The Witten’s cubic open string field theory possesses a number of advantages over the light-cone string field theory Mandelstam1973 (); Mandelstam1974 (); Kaku1974a (); Kaku1974b (); Cremmer74 (); Cremmer75 (); GreenSW () and the covariantized light-cone string field theory Hata1986 (): 1. The theory is covariant and invariant under the BRST gauge transformation. 2. The theory does not contain any other unphysical parameter like the length parameters except for the string coupling . 3. In contrast to two other string field theories, the Witten’s open string field theory does not have a quartic interaction term besides the cubic interaction term. However, despite those advantages, it has not been fully utilized to calculate particle scattering amplitudes except in a few cases. The main reason is that the world sheet diagrams generated by the cubic string field theory are non-planar: It is difficult to find a conformal mapping by which the world sheet is mapped onto simple complex planes such as the upper half plane or a circular disk without any additional conditions or structures. One needs to impose an orbifold condition to map the world sheet diagrams of the three-string vertex onto a circular disk Grossjevicki87a () and has to introduce branch cuts to map the four-string vertex to the upper half plane Giddings86 (). However, even if we found maps of the world sheets to the complex planes in the cases of the three-string and the four-string scatterings, it is difficult to extend those mappings systematically to evaluate general multi-string amplitudes. It is also difficult to fix the relative strengths of the cubic gauge field interaction term and the quartic gauge field interaction term because there is no analog of the Cremmer-Gervais identity Cremmer75 () which relates the three-string scattering amplitude to the four-string scattering amplitude.

In this work, we proposed a consistent deformation of the cubic string field theory by which the world sheet diagrams of the multi-string scattering are effectively transformed into planar diagrams. Having obtained planar diagrams representing the string scattering amplitudes, we can adopt the light-cone field theory technique to construct the Fock space representations of multi-string vertices systematically. By explicit calculations, we show that the three-string amplitude and the four-string amplitude in the zero-slope limit yield the cubic and quartic gauge interaction terms of the Yang-Mills theory if the external string states are chosen to be the massless gauge particles. The deformation process is applicable to multi-string scattering with an arbitrary number of strings. This work may be also regarded as a proof that the string field theory in the proper time gauge Lee88 (); Lee2016 () is invariant under the BRST gauge transformation. Applications of the deformed cubic string field theory to various scattering processes JCLee2015 (); Lai2016 (); Huang2016a (); Huang2016b () will be given elsewhere.

###### Acknowledgements.

This work was supported by Kangwon National University. The author benefited from discussions with Soo-Jong Rey, Yi Yang, Jen-Chi Lee, Yuji Okawa, Yu-tin Huang and participants of IBS string workshop 2016. Part of this work was done during author’s visit to IBS (Korea) and NCTU (Taiwan).## References

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