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Boundary Conformal Field Theory and the Worldsheet Approach to D-Branes

Andreas Recknagel, King's College London, Volker Schomerus, DESY, Hamburg
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Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Language
English
Variant Title
Boundary conformal field theory and the worldsheet approach to Dirichlet branes
Series
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
ISBN
9780521832236, 0521832233
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Summary
"Boundary conformal field theory is concerned with a class of two-dimensional quantum field theories that display a rich mathematical structure and have many applications, ranging from string theory to condensed matter physics. In particular, the framework allows discussion of strings and branes directly at the quantum level. Written by internationally renowned experts, this comprehensive introduction to boundary conformal field theory reaches from theoretical foundations to recent developments, with an emphasis on the algebraic treatment of string backgrounds. Topics covered include basic concepts in conformal field theory with and without boundaries, the mathematical description of strings and D-branes, and the geometry of strongly curved spacetime. The book offers insights into string geometry that go beyond classical notions. Describing the theory from basic concepts, and providing numerous worked examples from conformal field theory and string theory, this reference is of interest to graduate students and researchers in physics and mathematics"--
Contents
  • Free field theory with boundaries
  • Superstrings and branes
  • Conformal field theory on the plane
  • Boundary conformal field theory
  • Perturbation of boundary conformal field theories
  • The Wess-Zumino-Witten model on SU(2)
  • Gepner model boundary states and Calabi-Yau branes.
Description
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-336) and index.
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