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:

  • The classical bosonic string
  • Quantisation of the bosonic string
  • Introduction to conformal field theory
  • Elementary bosonic string amplitudes and non-linear sigma model
  • Superstring quantisation in RNS formalism
  • D-branes, T-duality and effective actions
  • Prerequisites

    Lecture notes

  • Typed notes
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  • Literature

    A list of classic references includes:

    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

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    Solutions

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    Exam

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