Registration for exercise sessions now open via the Physics Übungsgruppenverwaltungssystemportal
First lecture on October 19
This course is a basic introduction to string theory. Topics to be covered include: Quantization of the bosonic string, string interactions, the superstring, space-time effective actions, string compactifications, D-branes and string dualities, AdS/CFT correspondence. (We won't do all of this.)
Prerequisites: Thorough knowledge of classical theoretical physics, including quantum mechanics and relativity as ingredients of quantum field theory. An understanding of particle physics and some mathematical background will also be useful. We recommend vaccination against Covid-19.
This course is listed as a specialization module in the physics Master programme, and as an
"Aufbaumodul" in the mathematics Master focus area "Modular forms, complex analysis, and
The course will be evaluated based on a
final oral exam 24h take-home final exam. Tentative
submission deadline: February 16, 2022 @ noon.
To be admitted to the exam, you have to be registered (via the Physics Übungsgruppenverwaltungssystemportal) for the exercise sessions and submit valid solutions to at least 50% of homework problems.
We intend to upload problems sets on Mondays at noon (give or take). Submission deadline is the following Monday, at noon (sharp).
Time and Place:
Lectures on Tuesday & Thursday, 11-13, INF 308 HS 2, neither streamed nor recorded.
Exercise sessions on Wednesday, 14-16, INF 308 HS 2
Timo Weigand's Lecture Notes Introduction to String Theory
Green-Schwarz-Witten Superstring Theory (2 vols.)
Polchinski, String Theory (2 vols.) (see also: Joe's Little Book of String)
Blumenhagen-Lüst-Theisen, Basic concepts of string theory
|Week||Lecture topics||Discussion topics||Problem set|
|October 18||Introduction and overview||Relativity and Quantum mechanics||Homework 1|
|October 25||Particles and strings|
|November 1||Light-cone and spectrum|
|November 15||OCQ and BRS-T|
|November 22||CFT and OPE|
|November 29||Trees and Loops|
|December 6||D-branes and T-duality|
|December 13||Ramond and Neveu-Schwarz|
|January 10||IIB or not IIB|