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D-Branes

ISBN-10: 0521809126

ISBN-13: 9780521809122

Edition: 2002

Authors: Clifford V. Johnson, P. V. Landshoff, D. R. Nelson, D. W. Sciama, S. Weinberg

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D-branes represent a key theoretical tool in the understanding of strongly coupled superstring theory and M-theory. They have led to many striking discoveries, including the precise microphysics underlying the thermodynamic behaviour of certain black holes, and remarkable holographic dualities between large-N gauge theories and gravity. This book provides a self-contained introduction to the technology of D-branes, presenting the recent developments and ideas in a pedagogical manner. It is suitable for use as a textbook in graduate courses on modern string theory and theoretical particle physics, and will also be an indispensable reference for seasoned practitioners. The introductory material is developed by first starting with the main features of string theory needed to get rapidly to grips with D-branes, uncovering further aspects while actually working with D-branes. Many advanced applications are covered, with discussions of open problems which could form the basis for new avenues of research.
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Book details

List price: $170.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 574
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Clifford V. Johnson obtained his BSc in physics at Imperial College, University of London, and his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Southampton. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Durham, where he is part of the Centre for Particle Theory.

List of inserts
Preface
Overview and overture
Relativistic strings
A closer look at the world-sheet
Strings on circles and T-duality
Background fields and world-volume actions
D-branes tension and boundary states
Supersymmetric strings
Supersymmetric strings and T-duality
World-volume curvature couplings
The geometry of D-branes
Multiple D-branes and bound states
Strong coupling and string duality
D-branes and geometry I
K3 orientifolds and compactification
D-branes and geometry II
Towards M- and F-theory
D-branes and black holes
D-branes, gravity and gauge theory
The holographic renormalisation group
Taking stock
References
Index