First Course in String Theory

ISBN-10: 0521880327
ISBN-13: 9780521880329
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Barton Zwiebach
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/22/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 694
Size: 7.20" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870

Barton Zwiebach is once again faithful to his goal of making string theory accessible to undergraduates. Complete and thorough in its coverage, the author presents the main concepts of string theory in a concrete and physical way in order to develop intuition before formalism, often through simplified and illustrative examples. This new edition now includes AdS/CFT correspondence, which is the hottest area of string theory right now as well as introducing superstrings. The text is perfectly suited to introductory courses in string theory for students with a background in mathematics and physics. New sections cover strings on orbifolds, cosmic strings, moduli stabilization, and the string theory landscape.

Barton Zwiebach is Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His central contributions have been in the area of string field theory, where he did the early work on the construction of the field theory of open strings and then developed the field theory of closed strings. He has also made important contributions to the subjects of D-branes with exceptional symmetry and tachyon condensation.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Basics
A brief introduction
Special relativity and extra dimensions
Electromagnetism and gravitation in various dimensions
Nonrelativistic strings
The relativistic point particle
Relativistic strings
Strong parameterization and classical motion
World-sheet currents
Light-cone relativistic strings
Light-cone fields and particles
The relativistic quantum point particle
Relativistic quantum closed strings
Relativistic quantum closed strings
A look at relativistic superstrings
Developments
D-branes and gauge fields
String charge and electric charge
T-duality of closed strings
T-duality of open strings
Electromagnetism fields in D-branes
Nonlinear and Born-Infeld electrodynamics
Strong theory and particle physics
String thermodynamics and black holes
Strong interactions and AdS/CFT
Covariant string quantization
String interactions and Riemann surfaces
Loop amplitudes in string theory
References
Index

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