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Introduction to Strings and Branes

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  • Date Published: July 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521817479

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  • Supersymmetry, strings and branes are believed to be the essential ingredients in a single unified consistent theory of physics. This book gives a detailed, step-by-step introduction to the theoretical foundations required for research in strings and branes. After a study of the different formulations of the bosonic and supersymmetric point particles, the classical and quantum bosonic and supersymmetric string theories are presented. This book includes accounts of brane dynamics and D-branes and the T, S and U duality symmetries of string theory. The historical derivation of string theory is given as well as the sum over the world-sheet approach to the interacting string. More advanced topics include string field theory and Kac–Moody symmetries. The book contains pedagogical accounts of conformal quantum field theory, supergravity theories, Clifford algebras and spinors, and Lie algebras. It is essential reading for graduate students and researchers wanting to learn strings and branes.

    • Introduces the theoretical foundations required for research in strings and branes
    • Gives a pedagogical account of supergravity theories, Lie algebras and Clifford algebras
    • Covers advanced topics such as string field theory and Kac–Moody symmetries
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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521817479
    • length: 722 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.55kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The point particle
    2. The classical bosonic string
    3. The quantum bosonic string
    4. The light-cone approach
    5. Clifford algebras and spinors
    6. The classical superstring
    7. The quantum superstring
    8. Conformal symmetry and two-dimensional field theory
    9. Conformal symmetry and string theory
    10. String compactification and the heterotic string
    11. The physical states and the no ghost theorem
    12. Gauge covariant string theory
    13. Supergravity theories in 4, 10 and 11 dimensions
    14. Brane dynamics
    15. D-branes
    16. String theory and Lie algebras
    17. Symmetries of string theory
    18. String interactions
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Topics in Mathematical Physics
  • Author

    Peter West, King's College London
    Peter West is a Professor at King's College London. He is a pioneer in the development of supersymmetry and its application to strings and branes.

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