8.871 Selected Topics in Theoretical Particle Physics: Branes and Gauge Theory Dynamics

Fall 2004

Brane tiling for complex cone over third del-Pezzo surface.
Brane tiling for the complex cone over the third del-Pezzo surface. Red lines are NS branes, faces, are D5 branes. The gauge theory consists of 6 gauge groups, 14 fields, and 8 interaction terms. (Image by Prof. Amihay Hanany and Madeleine Sheldon-Dante.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to branes in string theory and their world volume dynamics. Instead of looking at the theory from the point of view of the world-sheet observer, we will approach the problem from the point of view of an observer which lives on a brane. Instead of writing down conformal field theory on the world-sheet and studying the properties of these theories, we will look at various branes in string theory and ask how the physics on their world-volume looks like.
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Prof. Amihay Hanany

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session