A First Course in String Theory

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2004 - Science - 558 pages
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An accessible introduction to string theory, this book provides a detailed and self-contained demonstration of the main concepts involved. The first part deals with basic ideas, reviewing special relativity and electromagnetism while introducing the concept of extra dimensions. D-branes and the classical dynamics of relativistic strings are discussed next, and the quantization of open and closed bosonic strings in the light-cone gauge, along with a brief introduction to superstrings. The second part begins with a detailed study of D-branes followed by string thermodynamics. It discusses possible physical applications, and covers T-duality of open and closed strings, electromagnetic fields on D-branes, Born/Infeld electrodynamics, covariant string quantization and string interactions. Primarily aimed as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses, it will also be ideal for a wide range of scientists and mathematicians who are curious about string theory.
 

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Contents

Special relativity and extra dimensions
12
Electromagnetism and gravitation in various dimensions
40
l0 Large extra dimensions
61
The relativistic point particle
78
Problems
87
String parameterization and classical motion
116
Worldsheet currents
132
Lightcone relativistic strings
149
Dbrane charges
321
Open strings and the Standard Model fermions
328
The Standard Model on intersecting D6branes
337
String theory and particle physics
344
l6 String thermodynamics and black holes
352
Hagedorn temperature
361
Black holes and entropy
368
A string theorygauge theory correspondence
377

l0 Lightcone fields and particles
166
Quantum scalar fields and particle states
172
Gravitational fields and graviton states
180
The relativistic quantum point particle
187
Lightcone momentum generators
197
l2 Relativistic quantum open strings
206
l23 Strings as harmonic oscillators
215
Lorentz generators
229
Equations of motion
236
l3 Relativistic quantum closed strings
247
Closed string Virasoro operators
253
String coupling and the dilaton
260
l4 lbranes and gauge fields
275
l5 String charge electric charge and particle physics
307
Visualizing string charge
313
l7 Tduality of closed strings
386
Quantization and the double strike
393
A striking spectrum coincidence
401
l8 Tduality of open strings
410
Wilson lines on circles
420
Dbranes with electric fields
428
Nonlinear and BornInfeld electrodynamics
442
2I Covariant string quantization
459
Lorentz covariant state space
468
String interactions and Riemann surfaces
481
Loop amplitudes in string theory
518
Problems
536
References
547
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About the author (2004)

Barton Zwiebach is Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His central contributions have been in the area of string field theory, where he did the early work on the construction of the field theory of open strings and then developed the field theory of closed strings. He has also made important contributions to the subjects of D-branes with exceptional symmetry and tachyon condensation.

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