An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics: With Problems and Solutions

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World Scientific, 2011 - Science - 148 pages
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. This second edition includes an additional appendix with solutions to the exercises, thus expanding on some of the technical material and making the book more appealing for use in lecture courses. The material is based on mini-courses in theoretical high energy physics delivered by the author at various summer schools, so its actual level has been appropriately tested.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Brief History of String Theory
1
Chapter 2 Classical String Theory
9
Chapter 3 Quantization of the Bosonic String
21
Chapter 4 Superstrings
39
Chapter 5 RamondRamond Charges and TDuality
59
Chapter 6 DBranes and Gauge Theory
75
Chapter 7 DBrane Dynamics
91
Chapter 8 RamondRamond Couplings of DBranes
109
Chapter 9 Solutions to Exercises
119
Bibliography
141
Index
145
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