An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics
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. The material is based on mini-courses delivered by the author at various summer schools in theoretical high energy physics, so its actual level has been appropriately tested. Contents: A Brief History of String Theory; Classical String Theory; Quantization of the Bosonic String; Superstrings; RamondOCoRamond Charges and T-Duality; D-Branes and Gauge Theory; D-Brane Dynamics; RamondOCoRamond Couplings of D-Branes. Readership: Researchers and graduate students in high energy, mathematical and theoretical physics."
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amplitude anomaly Born-Infeld action bosonic string branes chirality classical closed string compactified conformal gauge coordinates corresponding D-brane dynamics D-brane worldvolume D-branes defined degrees of freedom describe dimensional Dirac Dirac-Born-Infeld action Dirichlet boundary conditions disc duality energy equations of motion equivalent Exercise fermion fields Feynman field strength finite function gauge field gauge group gauge invariant gauge theory gauge transformation given gravity GSO projection hyperplanes infinite interactions l)-dimensional Lorentz low-energy massless metric modular invariant momentum Neumann boundary conditions nonperturbative one-loop open string oscillator path integral physical point particle Polyakov action potential quantization quantum field theory quantum theory radius Ramond representation scalar fields Schwarz Section spacetime spacetime dimensions spacetime supersymmetry spin structure spinor string endpoints string spectrum string worldsheet supergravity superstring spectrum superstring theory supersymmetry T-dual T-duality tachyon ten-dimensions tensor thereby torus transverse two-dimensional Type IIA vacuum vertex operator Virasoro constraints worldline worldsheet worldsheet field theory zero mode