Lecture Notes in Physics

Introduction to Conformal Field Theory

With Applications to String Theory

Authors: Blumenhagen, Ralph, Plauschinn, Erik

  • 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
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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.

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“Conformal Field Theory (CFT) has found applications in string theory, statistical physics, condensed matter, and has been an inspiration for developments in pure mathemathics as well. … It is based on a graduate course at the LMU in Munich in 2007/2008 with special emphasis on computational issues, important for applications in string theory. … This book will be useful to graduate students interested in new mathematical developments in CFT techniques relevant for string theory.” (Gert Roepstorff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1175, 2010)

“Based on a graduate course for master’s students, this book provides an introduction to basic techniques for conformal field theory in two dimensions, with emphasis on applications to string theory. … This book covers many aspects of conformal field theory with the intent of presenting concrete computational techniques in examples relevant for string theory. It provides an ideal resource for CFT techniques from related fields.” (Si Li, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 h)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Blumenhagen, Ralph (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Basics in Conformal Field Theory

    Blumenhagen, Ralph (et al.)

    Pages 5-86

  • Symmetries of Conformal Field Theories

    Blumenhagen, Ralph (et al.)

    Pages 87-111

  • Conformal Field Theory on the Torus

    Blumenhagen, Ralph (et al.)

    Pages 113-167

  • Supersymmetric Conformal Field Theory

    Blumenhagen, Ralph (et al.)

    Pages 169-204

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Conformal Field Theory
Book Subtitle
With Applications to String Theory
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
779
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-00450-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-00450-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-00449-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-24247-2
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 265
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
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