String Theory and M-Theory

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Graduate textbook for courses in string theory.


1. Introduction; 2. The bosonic string; 3. Conformal field theory and string interactions; 4. Strings with world-sheet supersymmetry; 5. Strings with space-time supersymmetry; 6. T-duality and D-branes; 7. The heterotic string; 8. M-theory and string duality; 9. String geometry; 10. Flux compactifications; 11. Black holes in string theory; 12. Gauge theory/string theory dualities; References; Index.


Katrin Becker is a Professor of Physics at Texas A & M University. She has been awarded the Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University in 2006 and received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in 2003. Melanie Becker is a Professor of Physics at Texas A & M University. In 2006 she has been awarded an Edward, Frances and Shirley B. Daniels Fellowship from the Radcliffe Fellowship for Advanced studies at Harvard University. In 2001 she received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship. John Schwarz is Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He is a MacArthur Fellow and member of the National Academy of Sciences.


'This is the first comprehensive textbook on string theory to also offer an up-to-date picture of the most important theoretical developments of the last decade, including the AdS/CFT correspondence and flux compactifications, which have played a crucial role in modern efforts to make contact with experiment. An excellent resource for graduate students as well as researchers in high-energy physics and cosmology.' Nima Arkani-Hamed, Harvard University 'An exceptional introduction to string theory that contains a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the theory, including recent developments. The clear pedagogical style and the many excellent exercises should provide the interested student or researcher a straightforward path to the frontiers of current research.' David Gross, Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 'Masterfully written by pioneers of the subject, comprehensive, up-to-date and replete with illuminating problem sets and their solutions, String Theory and M-theory: A Modern Introduction provides an ideal preparation for research on the current forefront of the fundamental laws of nature. It is destined to become the standard textbook in the subject.' Andrew Strominger, Harvard University 'This book is a magnificent resource for students and researchers alike in the rapidly evolving field of string theory. It is unique in that it is targeted for students without any knowledge of string theory and at the same time it includes the very latest developments of the field, all presented in a very fluid and simple form. The lucid description is nicely complemented by very instructive problems. I highly recommend this book to all researchers interested in the beautiful field of string theory.' Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University 'This elegantly written book will be a valuable resource for students looking for an entry-way to the vast and exciting topic of string theory. The authors have skillfully made a selection of topics aimed at helping the beginner get up to speed. I am sure it will be widely read.' Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, winner of the Fields Medal in 1990
EAN: 9780521860697
ISBN: 0521860695
Untertitel: A Modern Introduction. 55 line diagrams, 20 half-tones, 337 exercises, 75 figures, 122 worked examples. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Pr.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2006
Seitenanzahl: 734 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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