Domain wall (string theory)

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In physics, a domain wall is any of several similar things in string theory, magnetism, or optics. These phenomena can all be generically described as topological solitons that occur whenever a discrete symmetry is spontaneously broken.[1]

String theory[edit]

In string theory, a domain wall is a theoretical (d-1)-dimensional singularity. A domain wall is meant to represent an object of codimension one embedded into space (a defect in space localized in one spatial dimension). For example, D8-branes are domain walls in type II string theory. In M-theory, the existence of Horava–Witten domain walls, "ends of the world" that carry an E8 gauge theory, is important for various relations between superstring theory and M-theory.

If domain walls exist, their interactions are hypothesized to emit gravitational waves that would be detectable by LIGO and similar experiments. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 2. Chap 23, Cambridge University Press (1995).
  2. ^ Hearing the signals of dark sectors with gravitational wave detectors