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string theory 2015

01/04/2015 Lecture 1: Classical Strings
    1. Motivation (and demotivation) 
    2. Relativistic point particles
    3. Nambu–Goto action
    4.  Polyakov action
    5. Symmetries of a String
    6. (Classical) Mode Expansion
    Main reference: section 1, Notes of Prof. David Tong.
    The exercise sheet is here

08/04/2015 Lecture 2: Light-Cone Quantisation of Closed Strings
     Main reference: section 2, Notes of Prof. David Tong.
     The exercise sheet is here

10/04/2015 Lecture 3: Open Strings and D-branes
    1. spectrum of closed bosonic strings
    2. string interactions
    3. open strings boundary conditions and D-branes
    4. quantising open strings 
     Main reference: section 2, 3.1, 6.1 and 6.4.1 of Notes of Prof. David Tong.
     The homework sheet is here. Deadline: FRIDAY 17/04 before 13h10 personally to the Sam/Francesca or                   before 12u30 in their pigeonholes. 
     
15/04/2015 Lecture 4: Overview and Exercises 
17/04/2015 Lecture 5: Conformal Symmetries and and Exercises 
    Next homework deadline:  FRIDAY 24/04 before 13h10 personally to the Miranda or before 12u30 in the                 pigeonholes. Two corrections from the previous version:  (1) The coordinates should be X^0, X^1 and X^2. (2) It      should be a plus sign in the 2nd equation of the third question. 
    
22/04/2015 Lecture 6: D-brane Action and 2d CFT (I)  
    1. D-brane Action: Nambu-Goto, Maxwell Fields and Coupling to Background Fields
    2. Correlation Functions of Primary Fields
    3. Symmetries and Noether Theorem
    Main reference:  section 3 of of Notes of Prof. David Tongsection 2 of Ginsparg's Notes, section 2 of Polchinski     Vol. I
    Exercise 

24/04/2015 Lecture 7: 2d CFT (II)  
    1. Conformal Ward Identity
    2. Radial Quantisation
    3. The Free Boson Example 
    Main reference: section 4 of of Notes of Prof. David Tong, section 2 of Ginsparg's Notes.  
    Next homework deadline:  FRIDAY 01/05. 

29/04/2015 Lecture 8: 2d CFT (III)  
    1. The Free Boson
    2. The Virasoro Algebra and the central charge
    Main reference: section 4 of of Notes of Prof. David Tong, section 3 of Ginsparg's Notes.

01/05/2015 Lecture 9: Covariant Quantisation and Compactification
    1. Covariant Quantisation
    2. Toroidal Compactification
    Main reference: section 5 and 8 of of Notes of Prof. David Tong, section 3.1, 3.2 and 8.2 of Polchinski Vol. I. 
    Exercise 
    Next homework deadline:  FRIDAY 08/05. 

06/05/2015 Lecture 10: Compactification and T-duality
    1. Compactification from the World-Sheet; T-duality
    2. Compactification from the Spacetime: the Kaluza-Klein reduction 
    Main reference: section 8 of of Notes of Prof. David Tong
    Exercise 

08/05/2015 Lecture 11: Spacetime Physics
    1. Spacetime Physics from the World-Sheet
    2. Low Energy Effective Actions 
    Main reference: section 7 of of Notes of Prof. David Tong, Section 3.7 of Polchinski Vol. I.
    Next homework deadline:  WED 20/05. 


13/05/2015 Lecture 12: Superstrings (I)
    1. R-NS Action
    2. Worldsheet Supersymmetry
    3. Mode Expansion: Ramond and Neveu-Schwarz sectors 
    Main reference: Section 4 of the book by Becker-Becker-Schwarz. Sec 4 of Greene-Schwarz-Witten Vol. 1.
    Exercise 


20/05/2015
 Lecture 13: Superstrings (II)
    1. Superconformal Invariance and Light-Cone Quantisation
    2. Canonical Quantisaion and the Critical Dimensions
    3. The Low-Lying (Pre)-Spectrum
    Main reference: Section 4 of the book by Becker-Becker-Schwarz. 
    Exercise 


22/05/2015 Lecture 14: Type II String Theory and D-Branes
    1. GSO Projection
    2. Branes in Type II Superstring Theory 
    3. T-Duality
    Main reference: Section 10, 13 of Polchinski Vol.2


STRING THEORY EXTENSION


10/06
Presentations:
- Holography and Black Holes (John Hoàng & Shustrov Yaroslav)
- WZW theory and Chern-Simons Theory (Vittorio Vicciardulli)


15/06
Presentations:
- M-theory and String Dualities (Thom Pijnenburg & Jaap Wijnen)
- Heterotic String Theory , part I (Marten Reehorst, Max Weltevreden, Vassilis Anagiannis)


17/06
Presentations:
- Heterotic String Theory, Part II (Marten Reehorst, Max Weltevreden, Vassilis Anagiannis)
- String Compactifications (Dimitrios Krommydos, Mikola Schlottka, Felicio Gordilho Fernandes, Isaias Raldan)


22/06
Lectures by Dr. Diego Hofman
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Applications (I)

24/06
Lectures by Dr. Diego Hofman
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Applications (II) 


?/09
Presentations: 
Mirror Symmetry 
F- Theory

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