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Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics : D-Branes - Clifford V. Johnson

Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics



Published: 27th January 2003
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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 new avenues of research.

"...the most up-to-date string text available. It is an excellent resource..." Donald Marolf, University of California Santa Barbara, American Journal of Physics "D-Branes is an excellent complement to other existing texts on string theory..." Physics Today

List of inserts
Overview and overture
Relativistic strings
A closer look at the world-sheet
Strings on circles and T-duality
Background fields and world-volume actions
D-branes tension and boundary states
Supersymmetric strings
Supersymmetric strings and T-duality
World-volume curvature couplings
The geometry of D-branes
Multiple D-branes and bound states
Strong coupling and string duality
D-branes and geometry I
K3 orientifolds and compactification
D-branes and geometry II
Towards M- and F-theory
D-branes and black holes
D-branes, gravity and gauge theory
The holographic renormalisation group
Taking stock
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ISBN: 9780521809122
ISBN-10: 0521809126
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 574
Published: 27th January 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.21