## String Theory - 2º Semester 2016/2017
## ProgramBosonic strings: Polyakov action, open and closed string; quantization. Introduction to conformal field theory. String interactions: tree-level and one-loop amplitudes. Low energy effective actions. Compactification and T-duality: toroidal compactication, closed strings and T-duality. Fermionic strings. ## BibliographyBasic Concepts of String Theory, Ralph Blumenhagen, Dieter Lüst, Stefan Theisen, 2013, Springer. String Theory, Joseph Polchinski, 1998, Cambridge University Press. What is String Theory? Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Vol. 2, 1999, American Mathematical Society, IAS. Superstring Theory, M.B. Green, J.H. Schwarz and E. Witten, 1987, Cambridge University Press. A First Course in String Theory, Barton Zwiebach, 2004, Cambridge University Press. David Tong: Lectures on String Theory. Robbert Dijkgraaf: Les Houches Lectures on Fields, Strings and Duality. Paul Ginsparg: Applied Conformal Field Theory. ## EvaluationHomework assignments (60%) + Project (40%) ## Weekly assignmentsWeek 1: reading assignment The Mathematics of M-theory, by Robbert Dijkgraaf. Homework assignment 1 (due March 9). Homework assignment 2 (due March 16). Homework assignment 3 (due April 18). Reading assignment: The Ghost CFT, section 5. Homework assignment 4 (due May 4). Homework assigment 5 (due May 18). Homework assignment 6 (due June 1). |