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.
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.