Master’s studies

Syllabus for String Theory II

Strängteori II

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA162
  • 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: String Theory I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to

  • derive the spectrum of strings in various backgrounds, e.g., in the presence of D-branes or compact dimensions,
  • apply T-duality to open and closed strings, and explain the effect of T-duality on the electromagnetic fields on D-branes,
  • explain the special features of the electrodynamics on D-branes, in particular in comparison to Maxwell’s theory,
  • outline a way of how the particles of the Standard Model of particle physics can be obtained from string theory,
  • explain the string theory description of black holes, the counting of their microstates, and their role in the AdS/CFT correspondence,
  • explain how string interactions are accounted for in the theory.

Content


Bosonic and superstrings in various backgrounds, D-branes, compact dimensions and T-duality, Born-Infeld electrodynamics, string thermodynamics and black holes, AdS/CFT correspondence, string interactions.

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