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#### Four-dimensional heterotic strings and conformal field theory

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Lüst, D., Theisen, S., & Zoupanos, G. (1988). Four-dimensional heterotic strings
and conformal field theory.* Nuclear Physics B,* *296*(4),
800-836. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(88)90399-9.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-5D70-6

##### Abstract

The techniques of (super) conformal field theory are applied to 4-dimensional heterotic string theories. We discuss certain aspects of 4-dimensional strings in the framework of the bosonic lattice approach such as the realization of superconformal symmetry, character valued partition functions, construction of vertex operators and ghost picture changing. As an application we compute all possible 3- and 4-point tree amplitudes of the massless fields and derive from them the low energy effective action of the massless modes. Some effects for the massless spectrum due to one-loop string effects are also mentioned.