String Theory in a Nutshell (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, Jun 16, 2011 - Science - 608 pages
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This book is the essential new introduction to modern string theory, by one of the world's authorities on the subject. Concise, clearly presented, and up-to-date, String Theory in a Nutshell brings together the best understood and most important aspects of a theory that has been evolving since the early 1980s. A core model of physics that substitutes one-dimensional extended "strings" for zero-dimensional point-like particles (as in quantum field theory), string theory has been the leading candidate for a theory that would successfully unify all fundamental forces of nature, including gravity.

Starting with the basic definitions of the theory, Elias Kiritsis guides readers through classic and modern topics. In particular, he treats perturbative string theory and its Conformal Field Theory (CFT) tools in detail while also developing nonperturbative aspects and exploring the unity of string interactions. He presents recent topics including black holes, their microscopic entropy, and the AdS/CFT correspondence. He also describes matrix model tools for string theory. In all, the book contains nearly five hundred exercises for the graduate-level student, and works as a self-contained and detailed guide to the literature.

String Theory in a Nutshell is the staple one-volume reference on the subject not only for students and researchers of theoretical high-energy physics, but also for mathematicians and physicists specializing in theoretical cosmology and QCD.

  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Classical String Theory
10
3 Quantization of Bosonic Strings
28
4 Conformal Field Theory
49
5 Scattering Amplitudes and Vertex Operators
126
6 Strings in Background Fields
144
7 Superstrings and Supersymmetry
155
8 Dbranes
187
10 Loop Corrections to String Effective Couplings
294
11 Duality Connections and Nonperturbative Effects
320
12 Black Holes and Entropy in String Theory
369
13 The BulkBoundary Correspondence
403
14 String Theory and Matrix Models
470
Appendices
503
Bibliography
553
Index
575

9 Compactifications and Supersymmetry Breaking
219

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About the author (2011)

Elias Kiritsis is Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS, affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and Professor of Physics at the University of Crete.

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