## Physics 805: String Theory I

## Spring 2003

Instructor: Gary Shiu

Time and Place: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15-9:30
am, Chamberlin 5280

Office: Chamberlin 5279

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone:
(608) 265-3285

Email: shiu@physics.wisc.edu

## Course Description

##

This is an introduction to the basic concepts and
techniques of string theory. The hope is that students, with basic knowledge
of Special Relativity and Quantum Field Theory will acquire from the course
a working knowledge of many of the essential features of string theory.
Tentative topics include conformal field theory, techniques of perturbative
string theory, compactifications (e.g., toroidal, orbifolds, Calabi-Yau manifolds),
and some modern aspects such as duality, D-branes, orientifolds and M theory.

### Textbooks: String Theory by
Joseph Polchinski, Cambridge University Press

## Tentative Course Outline:

### Overview

### Classical String Theory

### Quantization
of the Bosonic String and the String Spectrum

### Conformal Field Theory

### Tree-Level Amplitude

### One-Loop Amplitude

### Toroidal Compactification, T-duality and (Bosonic) D-branes

### Superstrings: Type II, Heterotic,
and Type I Strings

### Anomalies

### More on Compactification: Orbifolds

### String Dualities

### Advanced Topics:
More on D-branes, Orientifolds, M Theory, and Brane World

## Homework:

Gary Shiu

February 14, 2003