Registration for exercise sessions now open via the Physics Übungsgruppenverwaltungssystemportal
First lecture on October 18
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.
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 24h take-home final exam. Tentative submission deadline: February 14, 2023 @ 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, Philosophenweg 12, gHS. (Low video quality) recordings from last year's course are available on MaMpf and might or might not be renewed this time around. Exercise sessions on Wednesday, 16-18, Philosophenweg 12, gHS.
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
|October 17||Introduction, Relativistic Actions||Lecture 1&2||Homework 1|
|October 24||Classical strings, Polyakov action, Symmetries||Lecture 3&4||Homework 2|
|October 31||Mode expansion, Quantization, Virasoro anomaly||Lecture 5&6||Homework 3|