Introduction to Superstrings (Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988)
By: Michio Kaku (author)Paperback
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This comprehensive tutorial introduces the development of, and current trends in, superstring theory, a significant and still controversial attempt to unify general relativity and quantum field theory. Intended for graduate students with a year of quantum mechanics and familiarity with relativistic methods, the book makes these exciting developments available to physicists, mathematicians, and others for the first time in one volume. Stressing current areas of research activity, Introduction to Superstrings addresses all relevant topics including string field theory, multi-loops and Teichmuller spaces, conformal field theory, and four-dimensional superstrings. Professor Kaku is currently leading seminars in superstring theory at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Contents: First Quantization and Path Integrals: Path Integrals and Point Particles. Nambu-Goto Strings. Superstrings. Conformal Field Theory and Kac-Moody Algebras. Multiloops and Teichmuller Spaces.- Second Quantization and the Search for Geometry: Light Cone Field Theory. BRST Field Theory. Geometric String Field Theory.- Phenomenology and Model Building: Anomalies and the Atiyah-Singer Theorem. Heterotic Strings and Compactification. Calabi-Yau Spaces and Orbifolds.- References.- Appendix.
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Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
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