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Provides a self-contained pedagogical introduction to string theory
Authored by leading researchers in the field
Suitable as graduate textbook for courses and for self-study
The purpose of this book is to thoroughly prepare the reader for research in string theory. It is intended as a textbook in the sense that, starting from the basics, the material is presented in a pedagogical and self-contained fashion. The emphasis is on the world-sheet perspective of closed strings and of open strings ending on D-branes, where two-dimensional conformal field theory is the main tool. Compactifications of string theory, with and without fluxes, and string dualities are also discussed from the space-time point of view, i.e. in geometric language. End-of-chapter references have been added to guide the reader intending to pursue further studies or to start research in the topics covered by this book.
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »BRST Quantization - Conformal Field Theory - String Compactification Schemes - String Theory Textbook - String-duality and M-Theory - Superstrings