String Theory: The Very Basics

Lecturer:
Arjun Bagchi
26.09.2012 to 15.10.2012

String theory is currently the most successful theory of quantum gravity and is one of the most researched areas of theoretical physics today. The aim of this course is to give a flavour of the basics of the subject to students with a working knowledge of general relativity and some exposure to quantum field theory. Although the above is assumed, I would try and make the course as self-contained as is possible. We would mainly concentrate our attention on the bosonic string theory mentioning along the way the results for superstrings.

Time Location Speaker Title
26 Sep 10:00, 27 Sep 15:00 JCMB - SUPA room Arjun Bagchi Why we need String Theory
28 Sep 10:00, 1 Oct 10:00 JCMB - SUPA room Arjun Bagchi Quantising the relativistic point particle
2 Oct 15:00, 3 Oct 10:00 JCMB - SUPA room Arjun Bagchi Quantisation of the relativistic string
9 Oct 15:00, 10 Oct 09:00 JCMB - SUPA room Arjun Bagchi Open strings and D-branes
15 Oct 10:00, 16 Oct 15:00 JCMB - SUPA room Arjun Bagchi Compactification and T-duality