String theory, misaligned supersymmetry, and the supertrace constraints

Keith R. Dienes, Moshe Moshe, Robert C. Myers

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We demonstrate that string consistency in four spacetime dimensions leads to a spectrum of string states which satisfies the supertrace constraints Str 1=0 and Str M2 Λ at tree level, where Λ is the one-loop string cosmological constant. This result holds for a large class of string theories, including critical heterotic strings. For strings lacking spacetime supersymmetry, these supertrace constraints will be satisfied as a consequence of a hidden "misaligned supersymmetry" in the string spectrum. These results suggest a new intrinsically stringy mechanism whereby such supertrace constraints may be satisfied without phenomenologically unacceptable consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4767-4770
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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