8.821 String Theory

Class Info

An introduction to string theory. Basics of conformal field theory; light-cone and covariant quantization of the relativistic bosonic string; quantization and spectrum of supersymmetric 10-dimensional string theories; T-duality and D-branes; toroidal compactification and orbifolds; 11-dimensional supergravity and M-theory. Meets with 8.251 when offered concurrently.

This class has 8.324 as a prerequisite.

8.821 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by H. Liu.

Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 37-212.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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