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ID: 379750.0, MPI für Gravitationsphysik / Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories
Lectures on string theory
Authors:Lüst, Dieter; Theisen, Stefan
Place of Publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Publisher:Springer
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):1989
Title of Series:Lecture notes in physics
Volume:346
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:The book presents an extended version of the lectures on string theory which were given by the authors in 1987-1988 at the Max-Planck Institut für Physik und Astrophysik in Munich. It can be considered as an introduction to the current string theory which could achieve a unification of gravitation with all other interactions in the frames of quantized field theory. The present lecture notes are intended mainly to provide some of the tools and first of all the conformal invariance of the field theory which are necessary for the construction of four- dimensional (heterotic) string theories. One of such constructions, namely the covariant lattice four-dimensional theory, is discussed in detail. \par Contents: the classical and quantized bosonic string; introduction to conformal field theory; reparametrization ghosts and BRST quantization; global aspects of string perturbation theory and Riemann surfaces; the classical and quantized closed fermionic string; spin structures and superstring partition function; toroidal compactification of the closed bosonic string - 10-dimensional heterotic string; lattices and Kac-Moody algebras in conformal field theory; superconformal field theory; bosonization of the fermionic string - covariant lattices; heterotic strings in ten and four dimensions; low energy field theory.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Book
Communicated by:Hermann Nicolai
Affiliations:MPI für Gravitationsphysik/Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories
External Affiliations:CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
Identifiers:ISBN:3-540-51882-7
ISSN:1616-6361
ISSN:978-3-540-51882-2
DOI:10.1007/BFb0113507
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