AM 527b, Winter 2007

Introduction to the Bosonic String


Time & Place: Th, 5:00-8:00pm, MC15

Instructor: Alex Buchel, office: MC 264, Ext: 88794, E-mail: abuchel[at]uwo.ca

Office hours: by appointment


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Prerequisites:

This course is geared for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students enrolled in Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Theoretical Physics. Required previous course work: Quantum Field Theory (AM516 or equivalent)

Course outline:

I. A first look at strings:
II. Conformal field theory:
III. The Polyakov path integral:
IV. The string spectrum:
V. The string S-matrix:
VI. Tree-level amplitudes:
VII. One-loop amplitudes:
VIII. Toroidal compactification and T-duality:
IX. High order amplitudes (if time permits):

Text:

The primary text is the book:
"String theory. Vol. 1: An introduction to the bosonic string'' J. Polchinski (Santa Barbara, KITP) . 1998. 402pp. Cambridge, UK: Univ. Pr. (1998) 402 p.
The book is on reserve in Allyn & Betty Taylor Library (1 day loan). Additional resources will be posted on/linked to the course webpage.

Course evaluation:

The course evaluation will be based on several (to be determined) regular problem sets that will be handed in during the term. There is no final exam.

Feedback:

Feedback to the instructor regarding the quality, speed, and content of presentation is especially appreciated during the semester!