8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2003
String Theory for Undergraduates
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Introduction to the main concepts of string theory to undergraduates. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity (8.033) and basic quantum mechanics (8.05). Subject develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism (8.02) and statistical mechanics (8.044). This includes the study of D-branes and string thermodynamics.
string theory, quantum mechanics, relativistic string, special relativity, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, D-branes, string thermodynamics, Light-cone, Tachyons, Kalb-Ramond fields, Lorentz invariance, Born-Infeld electrodynamics, Hagedorn temperature, Riemann surfaces, fermionic string theories, nuclear reactions, String models
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On algebraic singularities, finite graphs and D-brane gauge theories : a string theoretic perspective -- with a digression on string field theory He, Yang-Hui, 1975- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)In this thesis we shall address certain beautiful inter-relations between the construction of 4-dimensional supersymmetric gauge theories and resolution of algebraic singularities, from the perspective of String Theory. ...