Superstring Theory WS15/16

Superstring Theory (WS15/16)


On this page you will find announcements, exercise sheets, and general information for the course Superstring Theory by S. Förste.

Announcements


Exercises

Responsible for the organization of the exercises:

Groups


GroupTimePlaceTutor
Group 1Wednesday, 08:15 - 10:00Seminar room 1, BCTP *Andreas Gerhardus
Group 2Thursday, 10:15 - 12:00Seminar room 1, BCTP *Thaisa Guio

Exercise sheets

NoExercise sheet
1
The relativistic point-particle;
The Nambu-Goto versus the Polyakov action
Due on 29.10.15.
Class Exercises
Symmetries of the string and their implications
Solved during exercise classes on 28 & 29.10.15.
2
Worldsheet light-cone coordinates;
Classical string EOM & boundary conditions
Due on 05.11.15.
3
Oscillator expansions for the classical string;
Poisson brackets for the classical string
Due on 12.11.15.
4
The classical Virasoro algebra for the closed bosonic string;
A first look at the canonical quantization of the bosonic string
Due on 19.11.15.
5
The quantum Virasoro algebra;
Lorentz symmetry & the bosonic string spectrum
Due on 26.11.15.
6
Spurious states & the values of a and d in the quantized bosonic string;
The Riemann zeta function
Due on 03.12.15.
7
The spectrum of the quantized bosonic string;
State degeneracy;
SL(2,Z) transformations & the moduli space of a torus
Due on 10.12.15.
8
Reduction to moduli of the string partition function;
Physical interpretation of the torus partition function
Due on 07.01.16.
9
Spinors in various dimensions;
The Ramond-Neveu-Schwarz superstring
Due on 14.01.16.
10
Spin structures, GSO projection & type IIA/IIB spectra
Due on 21.01.16.
11
Toroidal compactification of the closed bosonic string & gauge symmetry enhancement
Due on 28.01.16.

Requirements for the final exam

In order to be admitted to the final exam the following requirements have to be met:
The first final exam will take place on 12.02.2016 from 12:00 to 15:00 in Lecture Hall 1, PI.

General Information

The module description from the syllabus is available here.

Time and Place for the Lectures

Thursday 13:15 - 14:00 & Friday 12:15 - 14:00, Lecture Hall 1, PI.

Prerequesites:

Quantum Field Theory, Group Theory, Advanced Theoretical Physics/Advanced Quantum Field Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics.

Literature



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