### Master-Course --- Winter term 2015/16

# About the course

String theory is the leading candidate for a consistent, i.e. ultra-violet finite, quantum theory of particle interactions and gravity. It has revolutionised our understanding of quantum field theory, gravitational physics and the very nature of spacetime. This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts of bosonic and superstring theory. Topics include:

## Prerequisites

- Quantum Field Theory: It is essential to at least follow the course on Quantum Field Theory I in parallel. It will be advantageous to have done so prior to this course.
- General Relativity: Familiarity with basic concepts of differential geometry is helpful especially at the beginning of the course - see tutorial 1 for a revision.

## Lecture notes

## Literature

A list of classic references includes:

- Blumenhagen, Luest, Theisen: Basic Concepts of String Theory, Springer 2013.
- Polchinski: String Theory 1+2, Cambridge University Press 1998 .
- Green, Schwarz, Witten: Superstring Theory 1+2, Cambridge University Press 1987.
- Zwiebach: A first Course in String Theory, Cambridge University Press 2004.
- Becker, Becker, Schwarz: String Theory and M-theory - a Modern Introduction, Cambridge University Press 2007.
- Blumenhagen, Plauschinn: Introduction to Conformal Field Theory, Springer 2009.

Open source lecture notes include:

# Tutorial

**FIRST TUTORIAL:**Wednesday, October 14, 14:15-16:00, Seminarraum, Philosophenweg 19

**Time (beginning October 21):**Wednesdays, 16:15-18:00

**Location(beginning October 21) :**Seminarraum, Philosophenweg 19

**Tutor:**Craig Lawrie (c.lawrie@thphys.uni-heidelberg.de)

The examples sheets will be discussed in the tutorial of the following week. While the sheets are not handed in and are not graded, it is essential to work out the answers regularly in order to follow the course and to pass the final exam.

## Examples Sheets

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12## Solutions

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## Exam

**Make-up exam:**Wednesday, April 13 2016, 10:00-12:00, Grosser Hoersaal