Introduction to the bosonic string and D-branes

The lectures will take place online from 14:15 to 16:00 every Thursday. The course starts on 15.04.2021 and ends on 03.06.2021 (there is no course on 13.05.2021).

This is an introduction to the foundation of bosonic string theory. We will discuss:

  1. the relativistic point particle
  2. the relativistic string
  3. light cone formulations
  4. basic closed string quantization
  5. the open string and its boundary conditions
  6. D-branes
  7. T-duality

Learning outcomes:

An appreciation of the problems addressed by String Theory and some of the methods used.

Lecturers:

Domenico Orlando (part 1) and Susanne Reffert (part 2)