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Introduction To String Theory And D-brane Dynamics, An : With Problems And Solutions (2nd Edition) - Richard J. Szabo

Introduction To String Theory And D-brane Dynamics, An

With Problems And Solutions (2nd Edition)

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This invaluable book provides a quick introduction to the rudiments of perturbative string theory and a detailed introduction to the more current topic of D-brane dynamics. The presentation is very pedagogical, with much of the technical detail streamlined. The rapid but highly coherent introduction to the subject is perhaps what distinguishes this book from other string theory or D-brane books. This second edition includes an additional appendix with solutions to the exercises, thus expanding on some of the technical material and making the book more appealing for use in lecture courses. The material is based on mini-courses in theoretical high energy physics delivered by the author at various summer schools, so its actual level has been appropriately tested.

Preface to Second Editionp. vii
Preface to First Editionp. ix
A Brief History of String Theoryp. 1
Classical String Theoryp. 9
The Relativistic Particlep. 9
Reparametrization Invariancep. 10
Examplesp. 11
The Bosonic Stringp. 12
Worldsheet Symmetriesp. 15
String Equations of Motionp. 16
Mode Expansionsp. 18
Mass-Shell Constraintsp. 20
Quantization of the Bosonic Stringp. 21
Canonical Quantizationp. 21
Normal Orderingp. 23
The Physical String Spectrump. 25
The Open String Spectrump. 25
The Closed String Spectrump. 28
Worldsheet-Spacetime Interplayp. 31
Vertex Operatorsp. 31
Examplesp. 33
String Perturbation Theoryp. 34
Chan-Paton Factorsp. 36
Superstringsp. 39
Motivationp. 39
The RNS Superstringp. 40
Mode Expansionsp. 42
The Superstring Spectrump. 44
The Open Superstring Spectrump. 46
The Closed Superstring Spectrump. 47
The GSO Projectionp. 48
Spacetime Supersymmetryp. 49
Example: One-Loop Vacuum Amplitudep. 50
Fermionic Spin Structuresp. 54
Ramond-Ramond Charges and T-Dualityp. 59
Ramond-Ramond Chargesp. 59
Remarks on Superstring Typesp. 60
Type II Ramond-Ramond Statesp. 61
Ramond-Ramond Chargesp. 64
T-Duality for Closed Stringsp. 65
String Geometryp. 69
T-Duality for Open Stringsp. 69
T-Duality for Type II Superstringsp. 72
D-Branes and Gauge Theoryp. 75
D-Branesp. 75
Wilson Linesp. 78
D-Brane Terminologyp. 81
Collective Coordinates for D-Branesp. 81
Non-Abelian Gauge Symmetryp. 83
The Born-Infeld Actionp. 84
D-Brane Dynamicsp. 91
The Dirac-Born-Infeld Actionp. 91
Examplep. 94
Supergravity Couplingsp. 96
Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theoryp. 98
Examplep. 102
Forces Between D-Branesp. 103
BPS Statesp. 106
Ramond-Ramond Couplings of D-Branesp. 109
D-Brane Anomaliesp. 109
Chern-Simons Actionsp. 113
Branes within Branesp. 116
Solutions to Exercisesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9781848166226
ISBN-10: 1848166222
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 7th January 2011
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised