Master’s studies

Syllabus for String Theory I

Strängteori I

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA161
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2011-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2014-05-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 20, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits. Quantum Field Theory. Advanced Quantum Field Theory is recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes


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.

Content


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.

Instruction

Lectures

Assessment


Homework assignments

Reading list

Applies from: week 14, 2014

  • Polchinski, Joseph Gerard String theory. : Vol. 1 An introduction to the bosonic string

    First paperback edition 2005: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,., 2005

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Polchinski, Joseph Gerard. String theory. : Vol. 2 Superstring theory and beyond

    First paperback edition 2005: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,., 2005

    Find in the library