9780521633031

String Theory

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521633031

  • ISBN10:

    0521633036

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-10-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

String Theory comprises two volumes which give a comprehensive and pedagogic account of the subject. Volume 1 provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string. The first four chapters introduce the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory and of the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. The next three chapters treat string interactions: the general formalism, and detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. Chapter eight covers toroidal compactification and many important aspects of string physics, such as T-duality and D-branes. Chapter nine treats higher-order amplitudes, including an analysis of their finiteness and unitarity, and various nonperturbative ideas. An appendix giving a short course on path integral methods is included. This is an essential text and reference for graduate students and researchers interested in modern superstring theory.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Notation xviii
A first look at strings
1(31)
Why strings?
1(8)
Action principles
9(7)
The open string spectrum
16(9)
Closed and unoriented strings
25(7)
Exercises
30(2)
Conformal field theory
32(45)
Massless scalars in two dimensions
32(4)
The operator product expansion
36(5)
Ward identities and Noether's theorem
41(2)
Conformal invariance
43(6)
Free CFTs
49(3)
The Virasoro algebra
52(6)
Mode expansions
58(5)
Vertex operators
63(5)
More on states and operators
68(9)
Exercises
74(3)
The Polyakov path integral
77(44)
Sums over world-sheets
77(5)
The Polyakov path integral
82(2)
Gauge fixing
84(6)
The Weyl anomaly
90(7)
Scattering amplitudes
97(4)
Vertex operators
101(7)
Strings in curved spacetime
108(13)
Exercises
118(3)
The string spectrum
121(24)
Old covariant quantization
121(5)
BRST quantization
126(5)
BRST quantization of the string
131(6)
The no-ghost theorem
137(8)
Exercises
143(2)
The string S-matrix
145(21)
The circle and the torus
145(5)
Moduli and Riemann surfaces
150(4)
The measure for moduli
154(5)
More about the measure
159(7)
Exercises
164(2)
Tree-level amplitudes
166(40)
Riemann surfaces
166(3)
Scalar expectation values
169(7)
The bc CFT
176(2)
The Veneziano amplitude
178(6)
Chan-Paton factors and gauge interactions
184(8)
Closed string tree amplitudes
192(6)
General results
198(8)
Exercises
204(2)
One-loop amplitudes
206(25)
Riemann surfaces
206(2)
CFT on the torus
208(8)
The torus amplitude
216(6)
Open and unoriented one-loop graphs
222(9)
Exercises
229(2)
Toroidal compactification and T-daulity
231(52)
Toroidal compactification in field theory
231(4)
Toroidal compactification in CFT
235(6)
Closed strings and T-duality
241(8)
Compactification of several dimensions
249(7)
Orbifolds
256(7)
Open strings
263(5)
D-branes
268(9)
T-duality of unoriented theories
277(6)
Exercises
280(3)
Higher order amplitudes
283(46)
General tree-level amplitudes
283(7)
Higher genus Riemann surfaces
290(4)
Sewing and cutting world-sheets
294(6)
Sewing and cutting CFTs
300(5)
General amplitudes
305(5)
String field theory
310(5)
Large order behavior
315(2)
High energy and high temperature
317(6)
Low dimensions and noncritical strings
323(6)
Exercises
327(2)
Appendix A: A short course on path integrals 329(18)
A.1 Bosonic fields
329(12)
A.2 Fermionic fields
341(6)
Exercises
345(2)
References 347(12)
Glossary 359(30)
Index 389

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