String Theory and the Path to Unification
by Keith R. Dienes
Publisher: arXiv 1997
Number of pages: 104
This is a pedagogical review article surveying the various approaches towards understanding gauge coupling unification within string theory. The author provides an overview of the different approaches that have been taken in recent years.
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