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E. Verlinde, "Fusion rules and modular transformations in 2D conformal field theory," Nuclear Physics B, 300, 360-76, 27 July 1988. Erik Verlinde (The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.): "Conformal field theory has received considerable attention because it describes the vacuum solutions of string theory, which is a promising candidate for a consistent quantum theory of all forces in nature. A primary goal is to classify all such vacuum solutions, in the hope that one of them agree

The Scientist Staff
Jan 19, 1990

E. Verlinde, "Fusion rules and modular transformations in 2D conformal field theory," Nuclear Physics B, 300, 360-76, 27 July 1988.

Erik Verlinde (The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.): "Conformal field theory has received considerable attention because it describes the vacuum solutions of string theory, which is a promising candidate for a consistent quantum theory of all forces in nature. A primary goal is to classify all such vacuum solutions, in the hope that one of them agrees with the observed spectrum of elementary particles and their couplings.

"In this paper a very useful relation is established between two important aspects of conformal field theory. The first is a consistency requirement, known as modular invariance, which severely restricts the allowed spectrum of the theory. The second aspect is the so-called fusion rules, which restrict the allowed couplings. Our result, which is expressed in a simple formula, was a...

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