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

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2020
  • Entry requirements: String Theory I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the 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
  • explain the special features of the electrodynamics on D-branes including the differences to Maxwell's theory and T-duality
  • explain basic ideas of the superstring as well as world-sheet versus targetspace supersymmetry
  • account for string dualities and the AdS/CFT correspondence
  • 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 strings and superstrings in various backgrounds, D-branes, compact dimensions and T-duality, Born-Infeld electrodynamics, basics of superstrings, supersymmetry and string dualities, string thermodynamics and black holes, AdS/CFT correspondence, string interactions.

Instruction

Lectures

Assessment

Homework assignments. 
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 02, 2020

  • 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

    Mandatory

  • Blumenhagen, Ralph; L|st, D.; Theisen, S. Basic concepts of string theory

    Berlin: Springer, 2012.

    Find in the library

  • Tong, David String theory

    University of Cambridge, 2009

    arXiv:0908:0333