Fall 2002, Section XXXX, MARS #XXXXX
Mon,Wed: 1:30pm-2:45pm, Room PHY 4102
Instructor: Dr. Melanie Becker
Room 4125, Phone 301-405-1774
Office hours: Tuesdays (9:00am-11:00am).
General course information
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of quantum mechanics and general relativity will be required.
Textbooks: M.B.Green, J.H.Schwarz and E.Witten, Superstring Theory, vol 1,2 , (Cambridge University Press), ISBN: 0521-357527.
Additional Textbooks: J.Polchinski, String Theory, vol 1,2 , (Cambridge University Press), ISBN: 0521-63303-6.
E-mail: Students are encouraged to make use of e-mail for quick correspondence with me regarding lecture material and homework problems.
Office Hours: Students can generally find me after class in my office. Please stop by if you have any additional questions regarding the lecture or the homework material.
Homework: Assigned biweekly and due on Wednesdays before class. Late homework is not accepted. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with others, but what you finally hand in should be your own work. Sources (e.g. textbooks or classmates) should be cited when used heavily in a homework solution. Please make sure you include your name and the homework and course numbers and staple the pages together.
Exams: One final exam which you can solve at home.
Grading: Based on homework (50%) and
I expect the letter grades to correspond to (roughly) (A) 100-80%, (B) 80-60%, (C) 60-40%.
|-Nambu Goto Action, Polyakov Action |
-Quantization of the Bosonic String
-The Structure of String Perturbation Theory
-Superstrings with Worldsheet Supersymmetry
-Superstrings with Space-time Supersymmetry
-Type I-, Type II-Superstrings
-Super P-Branes and D-Branes
-Kaluza-Klein Compactification of Higher Dimensions
-Algebraic Geometry: Calabi-Yau Manifolds
|-From Superstrings to M-Theory and F-Theory; |
Calendar (with topics covered & homework)
|1. 9/2||No Class
|2. 9/9||Bosonic String:
Nambu Goto and Polyakov Action
|Symmetries of Action
|3. 9/16||Quantization of the Bosonic
String and its Spectrum
|4. 9/23||Conformal Field Theory||Conformal Field Theory||hw2
|5. 9/30||Worldsheet Susy
|6. 10/7||Space-Time Susy
|7.10/14||Type I-and Type-II Strings||Non-Abelian Gauge Symmetry|
|8. 10/21||Heterotic String||Toroidal Compactification||hm4|
|9.10/28||Low Energy Supergravity||Anomalies|
|10. 11/4||String Perturbation Theory||String Perturbation Theory||hm5|
|11. 11/11||String Perturbation Theory||String Perturbation Theory|
|14. 12/2||Calabi-Yau Compactification||Calabi-Yau Compactification||Final Exam|
|15.12/9||Physics in Four Dimensions||Physics in Four Dimensions|