A worldsheet description of instant folded strings

Akikazu Hashimoto, Nissan Itzhaki, Uri Peleg

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Time-like linear dilaton backgrounds admit a classical solution that describes a closed folded string that is created at an instant. We refer to such strings as Instant Folded Strings (IFS). We study an exact worldsheet CFT description of an IFS that involves two vertex operators which describe two open string modes that propagate on a time-like FZZT-brane, which plays the role of a regulator to the IFS. We take advantage of this description to calculate the most basic quantity associated with IFSs — their production rate. Some implications of this calculation to stringy cosmology and black hole interior are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number88
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Conformal Field Models in String Theory
  • Long Strings

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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