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A Primer on String Theory

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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316612835

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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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'This book successfully captures the essence of string theory every theoretical physicist should know. I would like to use it in my next course on string theory at Caltech!' Hirosi Ooguri, California Institute of Technology

    Advance praise: 'Systematic introduction to string theory that brings the reader to the forefront of modern developments in the field, written from entirely modern perspective. The book covers amazingly large amount of topics with due attention to detail and logical rigour. Perfect book for first reading in string theory that can be used as reference by its practitioners.' Konstantin Zarembo, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316612835
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical introduction and overview
    Part 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

  • Author

    Volker Schomerus, Deutsches Elektronen-Sychrotron (DESY) Hamburg
    Volker Schomerus holds a joint position as a Senior Researcher in the DESY Theory Group, and a Professor of Mathematical Physics at Universität 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).

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