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FFM485 - String theory
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D

Teaching language: English
Minimum participants: 5
Maximum participants: 20

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0101 Written and oral assignments 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

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Professor  Bengt E W Nilsson


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Course specific prerequisites

Quantum mechanics (FKA 081) and Special relativity are highly recommended, while Gravitation and cosmology (FFM 071), Advanced quantum mechanics (FFM 400) and Group theory are useful courses but not necessary to follow course.


The purpose of this course is to give an gentle introduction to string theory and the fundamental questions about nature that can only be answered
using strings. This is done using a minimum
of advanced mathematical methods.


The course String theory (spring 2003) is a more stream-lined and less demanding course than the version taught in 2002. It begins with an introductory discussion of the
fundamental problems encountered when trying to understand our universe in terms of standard (quantum) field theory methods, and how string theory may solve them.
String theory is then introduced and some of its properties studied. In particular the conformal field theory formulation, low energy supergravity theories, scattering
amplitudes, extra dimensions and how their compactifications can be related to elementary particles. D-branes and non-perturbative aspects are introduced and the
connection to eleven dimensional M-theory briefly explained.


Two lectures and an exercise class per week.


Lecture notes and some recommended review articles on the net. See home page of the lecturer and the link to the Master course on
String theory/M theory.


Home problems plus an optional oral

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