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Lectures on String Theory

  • Authors
  • Dieter Lüst
  • Stefan Theisen
Book

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 346)

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a self-contained introduction to string theory, at present one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas in theoretical high-energy physics. Pedagogical in character, it introduces modern techniques and concepts, such as conformal and superconformal field theory, Kac-Moody algebras, etc., stressing their relevance and application to string theory rather than the formal aspects. The reader is led from a basic discussion of the classical bosonic string to the construction of four-dimensional heterotic string models, an area of current research. The so-called covariant lattice construction is discussed in detail. Being conceptually very simple, the book serves to exemplify the relevant features of other methods of arriving at four-dimensional string theories. It is also shown how one derives a low-energy field theory from string theory, thereby making contact with conventional point-particle physics.

Keywords

Particle Physics conformal field theory field theory string theory

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/BFb0113507
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-51882-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-46857-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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