String Theory: Volume 2, Superstring Theory and Beyond

String Theory: Volume 2, Superstring Theory and Beyond

by Joseph Polchinski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521672287

ISBN-13: 9780521672283

Pub. Date: 02/15/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Volume 2: Superstring Theory and Beyond, begins with an introduction to supersymmetric string theories and goes on to a broad presentation of the important advances of recent years. The book first introduces the type I, type II, and heterotic superstring theories and their interactions. It then goes on to present important recent discoveries about strongly

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Volume 2: Superstring Theory and Beyond, begins with an introduction to supersymmetric string theories and goes on to a broad presentation of the important advances of recent years. The book first introduces the type I, type II, and heterotic superstring theories and their interactions. It then goes on to present important recent discoveries about strongly coupled strings, beginning with a detailed treatment of D-branes and their dynamics, and covering string duality, M-theory, and black hole entropy, and discusses many classic results in conformal field theory. The final four chapters are concerned with four-dimensional string theories, and have two goals: to show how some of the simplest string models connect with previous ideas for unifying the Standard Model; and to collect many important and beautiful general results on world-sheet and spacetime symmetries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521672283
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2006
Series:
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Notation; 10. Type I and type II superstrings; 11. The heterotic string; 12. Superstring interactions; 13. D-branes; 14. Strings at strong coupling; 15. Advanced CFT; 16. Orbifolds; 17. Calabi-Yau compactification; 18. Physics in four dimensions; 19. Advanced topics; Appendix B. Spinors and SUSY in various dimensions; References; Glossary; Index.

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