Introduction to Conformal Field Theory

With Applications to String Theory

  • Ralph Blumenhagen
  • Erik Plauschinn

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 779)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 1-3
  3. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 5-86
  4. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 87-111
  5. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 113-167
  6. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 169-204
  7. Ralph Blumenhagen, Erik Plauschinn
    Pages 205-256
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 1-7

About this book


Based on class-tested notes, this text offers an introduction to Conformal Field Theory with a special emphasis on computational techniques of relevance for String Theory. It introduces Conformal Field Theory at a basic level, Kac-Moody algebras, one-loop partition functions, Superconformal Field Theories, Gepner Models and Boundary Conformal Field Theory.

Eventually, the concept of orientifold constructions is explained in detail for the example of the bosonic string.

In providing many detailed CFT calculations, this book is ideal for students and scientists intending to become acquainted with CFT techniques relevant for string theory but also for students and non-specialists from related fields.


Virasoro algebra conformal field theory string theory string theory and D-branes superconformal models

Authors and affiliations

  • Ralph Blumenhagen
    • 1
  • Erik Plauschinn
    • 2
  1. 1.Werner-Heisenberg-InstitutMPI für PhysikMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Werner-Heisenberg-InstitutMPI für PhysikMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-00449-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-00450-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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