PG course on String Theory
This is the website for the PG course on String Theory
taught by Joan Simón and José FigueroaO'Farrill in the Autumn
of 2007. The course will consist of 10
11 12 13 twohour lectures.
Unless otherwise
noted, lectures will take place on Tuesdays at 2:10pm in JCMB 4312, immediately after the
Group Lunch^{®}.
Schedule of lectures
The following is a tentative
list of lectures with topics. Not having taught this course
before, the list of topics may require modification, but any
such changes will be reflected in this web page as soon as
possible.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Joan Simón
Introduction and lightcone gauge

Tuesday, 2 October 2007
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Superstring spectra in Minkowski
spacetime (I)

Friday, 12 October 2007
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Superstring spectra in Minkowski
spacetime (II)
Joan Simón
Effective actions for massless modes (I)

Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Joan Simón
Effective actions for massless modes (II)

Tuesday, 23 October 2007
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Supergravity limits of string theories

Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Joan Simón
Dbranes

Tuesday, 6 November 2007
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Superalgebras

Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Joan Simón
Worldvolume actions

Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Joan Simón
Worldvolume solitons

Friday, 23 November 2007
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Tduality (I)

Monday, 26 November 2007 @ 3pm
José FigueroaO'Farrill
Tduality (II)

Friday, 30 November 2007 @ 11am in
JCMB 5215
Joan Simón
Mtheory

Friday, 7 December 2007 @ 10am
Joan Simón
The gauge/gravity correspondence
Problem sheets
Tutorial sheets will appear here containing
problems which complete what is covered in lectures. The
problems are an essential part of
the course. They will be discussed during the tutorial sessions.

Introduction and ligthcone gauge

Spectrum of strings propagating in Minkowski spacetime

Density of states and effective actions for massless modes

Supergravity backgrounds

Supergravity branes

Superalgebras

Worldvolume solitons

Tduality

Mtheory

AdS/CFT
Schedule of tutorials
Tutorial sessions are led by Paul de Medeiros and unless
otherwise noted take place in
the Maths Common Room at the
following dates and times.

Thursday 11 October @ 4pm

Monday, 29 October @ 3pm

Monday, 5 November @ 3pm

Friday, 9 November @ 2pm

Monday, 12 November @ 3pm

Tuesday, 27 November @ 3pm in JCMB 4312

Thursday, 13 December @ 4pm
References
The following list does not exhaust by any means the
available introductory references on the subject. The criteria
for inclusion are based on their ready availability or on their
being wellknown to the lecturers. If you find something useful
that is not listed here, let us know so that we may consider
them for inclusion.
We are also maintaining a list of online references for this course
here.
j.m.figueroa at ed.ac.uk
Last modified: 28 Dec 2007 at 01:37 GMT