Within the framework of generalized Papapetrou method, we derive the effective equations of motion for a string with two particles attached to its ends, along with appropriate boundary conditions. The equations of motion are the usual Nambu-Goto-like equations, while boundary conditions turn out to be equations of motion for the particles at the string ends. Various properties of those equations are discussed, and a simple example is treated in detail, exhibiting the properties of Neumann and Dirichlet boundary conditions and giving a small correction term to the law of Regge trajectories due to the nonzero particle mass.
- Pub Date:
- February 2008
- classical theory of gravity;
- Regge trajectories;
- string theory;
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- This is a contribution to the Proc. of the Seventh International Conference ''Symmetry in Nonlinear Mathematical Physics'' (June 24-30, 2007, Kyiv, Ukraine), published in SIGMA (Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications) at http://www.emis.de/journals/SIGMA/