Summary: INTRODUCTION TO STRING THEORY
The course aims at giving an updated introduction to string theory, in-
cluding D-brane techniques, non-perturbative dualities, and black-hole en-
The course will cover the items detailed below. Lecture notes shall
be made available during the course. Besides lecture notes, relevant ref-
erences are listed below, after each item, and denoted as follows: Author(s)
(acronym) = Section, subsection (if applicable).
· Why Strings?
P=1.1; GSW=1.1,1.2; K=1,2
· The Classical Particle and the Bosonic String
P=1.2; GSW=1.3,2.1; K=3
· Light-Cone Quantization and the String Spectrum
P=1.3,1.4; GSW=2.3; K=4.2,4.3
· World-Sheet 2D Supersymmetry
· Space-Time Supersymmetry in the RNS Formulation
· The Heterotic Superstring (Free-Fermion Formulation)