After completing the course the student should be able to
explain what questions/problems can be addressed by string theory,
explain the different properties of point-particles, non-relativistic and relativistic strings,
explain how the quantum string constitutes a consistent theory of quantum gravity,
explain the description of the string from a worldsheet and a targetspace point of view,
solve the string equations of motion subject to given initial and boundary conditions,
get the general idea when reading the basic research papers that introduce and develop bosonic string theory.
Description and classical motion of the non-relativistic string, the relativistic point particle and the relativistic string; worldsheet and targetspace points of view; light-cone description; quantisation of the point particle, the open and the closed string.
week 14, 2014
Polchinski, Joseph Gerard
String theory. : Vol. 1 An introduction to the bosonic string
First paperback edition 2005:
Cambridge University Press,.,