## An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics: With Problems and SolutionsThis 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 |

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amplitude anomaly antisymmetric axµ Born–Infeld action bosonic string branes canonical Chan–Paton chapter charge chirality classical closed string compute conformal gauge constant coordinates corresponding D-branes degrees of freedom describe dimensional Dirac Dirichlet boundary conditions duality equations of motion Exercise fermionic ﬁeld field strength function gauge field gauge group gauge invariant gauge theory gauge transformation given GSO projection hyperplanes intentionally left blank k;ij left-moving low-energy massless matrix metric mode expansions modular invariant momentum Neumann boundary conditions one-loop open string oscillator path integral Phys physical point particle Polyakov action quantization quantum field theory Ramond Ramond–Ramond right-moving Schwarz space spacetime spacetime dimensions spacetime supersymmetry spin structure spinor string spectrum string theory string worldsheet supergravity superstring theory supersymmetry T-dual T-duality tachyon tensor thereby torus transverse Type IIA vacuum vertex operator Virasoro constraints worldline worldsheet worldvolume zero modes ηµν Ψµ