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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030052

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  • D-branes represent a key theoretical tool in the understanding of strongly coupled superstring theory and M-theory. They have led to many striking discoveries, including the precise microphysics underlying the thermodynamic behaviour of certain black holes, and remarkable holographic dualities between large-N gauge theories and gravity. This book provides a self-contained introduction to the technology of D-branes, presenting the recent developments and ideas in a pedagogical manner. It is suitable for use as a textbook in graduate courses on modern string theory and theoretical particle physics, and will also be an indispensable reference for seasoned practitioners. The introductory material is developed by first starting with the main features of string theory needed to get rapidly to grips with D-branes, uncovering further aspects while actually working with D-branes. Many advanced applications are covered, with discussions of open problems which could form the basis for other avenues of research.

    • The first comprehensive guide to the powerful research tool of D-brane technology
    • Covers key aspects of current research in superstring and M-theory, quantum gravity and particle physics
    • Self-contained, pedagogical introduction with many worked examples and suggestions for problems
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030052
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 168 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.887kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of inserts
    1. Overview and overture
    2. Relativistic strings
    3. A closer look at the world-sheet
    4. Strings on circles and T-duality
    5. Background fields and world-volume actions
    6. D-branes tension and boundary states
    7. Supersymmetric strings
    8. Supersymmetric strings and T-duality
    9. World-volume curvature couplings
    10. The geometry of D-branes
    11. Multiple D-branes and bound states
    12. Strong coupling and string duality
    13. D-branes and geometry I
    14. K3 orientifolds and compactification
    15. D-branes and geometry II
    16. Towards M- and F-theory
    17. D-branes and black holes
    18. D-branes, gravity and gauge theory
    19. The holographic renormalisation group
    20. Taking stock

  • Author

    Clifford V. Johnson, University of Durham
    Clifford V. Johnson obtained his BSc in physics at Imperial College, University of London, and his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Southampton. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Durham, where he is part of the Centre for Particle Theory.

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