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Since its conception in the 1960s, string theory has been hailed as one of the most promising routes we have to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. This book provides a concise introduction to string theory explaining central concepts, mathematical tools and covering recent developments in physics including compactifications and gauge/string dualities. With string theory being a multidisciplinary field interfacing with high energy physics, mathematics and quantum field theory, this book is ideal for both students with no previous knowledge of the field and scholars from other disciplines who are looking for an introduction to basic concepts.

. A self-contained text which keeps advanced mathematical background to a minimum, making it easy to follow

. Provides a modern treatment of string theory which builds foundations to enable understanding of important recent developments

. An excellent text for self-study, providing concrete calculations and exercises, and covering topics from undergraduate level to topical research in mathematical physics

Cover:

Paperback

Edition Number:

1

ISBN:

9781316612835

Pages:

240

Author:

Schomerus Volker

Publisher:

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Release Year:

2017

Volker Schomerus holds a joint position as a Senior Researcher in the DESY Theory Group, and a Professor of Mathematical Physics at Universitat Hamburg. His work focuses on string theory at the interface to high energy physics, mathematics and statistical physics, for which he has received several distinctions, including the Guy-Lussac–Humboldt award in 2010. He is also co-author of the monograph Boundary Conformal Field Theory and the World-Sheet Approach to D-Branes (Cambridge, 2013).

Preface

1. Historical introduction and overviewPart I. Strings in Flat Backgrounds:

2. The classical closed bosonic string

3. Free bosonic quantum field theory

4. Covariant quantization

5. Light-cone quantization

6. Branes and quantization of open strings

7. Open strings and gauge theory

8. Free fermionic quantum field theory

9. Supersymmetry in ten dimensions

10. Construction of type IIA/B superstrings

11. Branes in type II superstring theory

12. Construction of heterotic superstrings

Part II. Strings in Curved Backgrounds:

13. Introduction to conformal field theory

14. Modular invariants and orbifolds

15. Closed strings on the 3-sphere

16. Calabi-Yau spaces

17. Calabi–Yau compactifications

18. String dualities

19. Gauge/string dualities

20. AdS/CFT correspondence

Bibliography

Index.