String Theory - 2º Semester 2017/2018

Lecturer: Gabriel Lopes Cardoso
Office: Departamento de Matemática, 5th floor, room 5.42
Classes: Tuesday 16h30-18h30 (room C13, central building) & Thursday 16h30-18h30 (room P12 , DM)


Bosonic strings: Polyakov action, open and closed string; quantization.

Introduction to conformal field theory.

String interactions: tree-level and one-loop amplitudes.

Low energy effective actions.

Compactification and T-duality: toroidal compactication, closed strings and T-duality.

Fermionic strings.


A Primer on String Theory, Volker Schomerus, 2017, Cambridge University Press.

Basic Concepts of String Theory, Ralph Blumenhagen, Dieter Lüst, Stefan Theisen, 2013, Springer.

Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Vol. 2, 1999, American Mathematical Society, IAS.

String Theory, Joseph Polchinski, 1998, Cambridge University Press. What is String Theory?

Superstring Theory, M.B. Green, J.H. Schwarz and E. Witten, 1987, Cambridge University Press.

Paul Ginsparg: Applied Conformal Field Theory.


Homework assignments (60%) + Project (40%)

Weekly assignments

Homework assignment 1 (due March 9).

Homework assignment 2 (due March 23).

Homework assignment 3 (due April 13).

Homework assignment 4 (due May 4).

Homework assignment 5 (due May 18).

Homework assignment 6 (due June 6).