Physics 484    String Theory II

Instructor:  Savdeep Sethi

Primary Text:  String Theory, vol. I  & II  by Polchinski

Location & Time:  KPTC 105, WF 10:30-12

This course will serve as part two of a two part introduction to superstring theory. It will be aimed
at advanced graduate students with a field theory background.

No lecture on February 25!

Additional Reference Material: 

Superstring Theory,
vol. I & II  by Green, Schwarz and Witten
D-branes,  by Clifford Johnson

A list of references on almost any topic in supersymmetric field theory and string
theory can be found here.

Some nice lecture notes by Paul Ginsparg on conformal field theory can be  found
here.

Lastly, there are nice lecture notes and an online introduction to string theory  available
from Robbert Dijkgraaf's home-page.


Problem Sets:

Assignment 1


Assignment 2



Final Projects and Presentations:


Michael Seifert  
"Calabi-Yau Compactification," Thursday March 11, 1 pm - Theory lounge.  

Jing Shu  "The Benefits of String Cosmology," Friday March 12, 2 pm - Theory lounge.  

Ignacy Sawicki  "Inflation and Supergravity No-Go Theorem," Friday March 12, 3 pm - Theory lounge.  

Nausheen Shah  "Black Hole Entropy in D=5," Friday March 12, 4 pm - Theory lounge.  

Yi Zheng  "Duality and the Unification of String Theory," Monday March 15, 2 pm - Theory lounge.  

Eduard Antonyan  "LQG, Strings and all that," Monday March 15, 3 pm - Theory lounge.  

Piyush Kumar  "Horava-Witten Theory," Tuesday March 16, 1 pm - Theory lounge.  

Andrey Zhiglo
 "Non-commutative Geometry in Field Theory and String Theory," Tuesday
March 16, 2 pm - Theory lounge.