Introduction to String Theory

Overview

MAM4001W - AN INTRODUCTION TO STRING THEORY

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
We live in a wonderfully complex universe, and we are curious about it by nature. Time and again we have wondered--- why are we here? Where did we and the world come from? What is the world made of? It is our privilege to live in a time when enormous progress has been made towards finding some of the answers. String theory is our most recent attempt to answer these questions and this course is a first introduction to this marvelously rich subject.

INSTRUCTOR:
Dr Jeff Murugan

OFFICE:
M324.2

OFFICE HOURS:
By appt. (send me an e-mail)

CONTACT:
jeff@nassp.uct.ac.za

Beginning from a review of special relativity, electromagnetism and gravity in various dimensions, we will continue with a study of classical open and closed (bosonic) strings both in flat and curved space. Particular focus will be paid to several contemporary topics involving classical strings including folded strings, spikes and giant magnons. We will then quantize the bosonic string in flat space and extract both the open and closed string spectra.

MEETING TIMES:
(Semester 2) TuTh, 4pm in M200

TUTORIALS:
TBA

EXERCISE SHEETS

The course will conclude with some more advanced topics including superstrings, D-branes and the gauge theory/gravity correspondence.

COURSE TEXT:
“A first course in string theory” by Barton Zweibach, Cambridge University Press.

RESOURCES
Here you will find an excellent collection of string theory resources.

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