Fall 2002, Section XXXX, MARS #XXXXX
Mon,Wed: 1:30pm2:45pm, Room PHY 4102
Instructor: Dr. Melanie Becker
Room 4125, Phone 3014051774
melanieb@physics.umd.edu,
Office hours: Tuesdays (9:00am11:00am).
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: 0521357527.
Additional Textbooks: J.Polchinski, String Theory, vol 1,2 , (Cambridge University Press), ISBN: 0521633036.
Email: Students are encouraged to make use of email 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
final (50%).
I expect the letter grades to correspond to (roughly) (A) 10080%,
(B) 8060%, (C) 6040%.
Nambu Goto Action, Polyakov Action Quantization of the Bosonic String The Structure of String Perturbation Theory Superstrings with Worldsheet Supersymmetry Superstrings with Spacetime Supersymmetry Type I, Type IISuperstrings Heterotic Superstring Super PBranes and DBranes KaluzaKlein Compactification of Higher Dimensions Algebraic Geometry: CalabiYau Manifolds  From Superstrings to MTheory and FTheory; Anomalies Superstring Phenomenology 
Calendar (with topics covered & homework)
Week  Monday  Wednesday  Homework 
1. 9/2  No Class
Labor Day 


2. 9/9  Bosonic String:
Nambu Goto and Polyakov Action 
Symmetries of Action
Mode Expansions Boundary Conditions 
hw1 
3. 9/16  Quantization of the Bosonic
String and its Spectrum 
Why D=26?  
4. 9/23  Conformal Field Theory  Conformal Field Theory  hw2 
5. 9/30  Worldsheet Susy

Worldsheet Susy


6. 10/7  SpaceTime Susy
in Superstrings 
SpaceTime Susy
in Superstrings 
hw3 
7.10/14  Type Iand TypeII Strings  NonAbelian 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  
12. 11/18  DBranes  DBranes  hw6 
13.11/25  MTheory  MTheory  
14. 12/2  CalabiYau Compactification  CalabiYau Compactification  Final Exam 
15.12/9  Physics in Four Dimensions  Physics in Four Dimensions  