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Physics - Particle and Nuclear Physics | Introduction to Conformal Field Theory - With Applications to String Theory

Introduction to Conformal Field Theory

With Applications to String Theory

Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 779

Blumenhagen, Ralph, Plauschinn, Erik

2009, XI, 265p. 24 illus..

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  • Presents the standard CFT curriculum with detailed derivations suitable for graduate students and nonspecialists from related fields
  • Particularly suitable for students and scientists wishing to specialize in numerical methods for string theory

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.

Content Level » Research

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

Related subjects » Particle and Nuclear Physics - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

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