Michael Duff is professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College London. $\;\;$
He made foundational contributions to string theory and M-theory. $\;\;$
Among Duff’s former students is Hisham Sati.
On the open problem of formulating M-theory:
Duff 96, totality of Section 6:
The overriding problem in superunification in the coming years will be to take the Mystery out of M-theory, while keeping the Magic and the Membranes.
Duff 98a, last paragraph (p. 6):
Despite all these successes, physicists are glimpsing only small corners of M-theory; the big picture is still lacking.
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Indeed future historians may judge the late 20th century as a time when theorists were like children playing on the seashore, diverting themselves with the smoother pebbles or prettier shells of superstrings while the great ocean of M-theory lay undiscovered before them.
we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of the ultimate meaning of M-theory, and for the time being therefore, M stands for Magic and Mystery too.
future historians may judge the period 1984-95 as a time when theorists were like boys playing by the sea shore, and diverting themselves with the smoother pebbles or prettier shells of perturbative ten-dimensiorial superstrings while the great ocean of non-perturbative eleven-dimensional M-theory lay all undiscovered before them.
Interview with Mike Duff by Graham Fermelo, The universe speaks in numbers – Interview 14 (web):
(17:04) The problem we face is that we have a patchwork understanding of M-theory, like a quilt. We understand this corner and that corner, but what’s lacking is the overarching big picture. So directly or indirectly, my research hopes to explain what M-theory really is. We don’t know what it is.
In a certain sense, and this is not a popular statement, I think it’s premature to be asking: “What are the empirical consequences”, because it’s not yet in a mature enough state, where we can sensibly make falsifiable prediction.
On double dimensional reduction of the super-membrane (the M2-brane) to the Green-Schwarz superstring:
On quantization of the M2-brane Green-Schwarz sigma-model:
On Kaluza-Klein compactification
and specifically in supergravity:
On black M2-brane-solutions to D=11 supergravity:
On M-theory:
Michael Duff, M-Theory (the Theory Formerly Known as Strings), Int. J. Mod. Phys. A11 (1996) 5623-5642 (arXiv:hep-th/9608117)
Michael Duff, The Theory Formerly Known as Strings, Scientific American 1998 (pdf, pdf)
Michael Duff, A Layman’s Guide to M-theory, Abdus Salam Memorial Meeting, Trieste, Italy, 19 - 22 Nov 1997, pp.184-213 (arXiv:hep-th/9805177, cds:355721)
On the brane scan which classifies super $p$-brane sigma-models given by Green-Schwarz action functionals:
Michael Duff, Ramzi Khuri, Four-Dimensional String/String Duality, Nucl.Phys. B411 (1994) 473-486 (arXiv:hep-th/9305142)
Michael Duff, Ruben Minasian, Putting string/string duality to the test, Nucl.Phys. B436 (1995) 507-528 (arXiv:hep-th/9406198)
and specifically on the I8-term:
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