Physics of Atomic Nuclei

, Volume 73, Issue 5, pp 848–877 | Cite as

Introduction to string theory and conformal field theory

Elementary Particles and Fields Theory

Abstract

A concise survey of noncritical string theory and two-dimensional conformal field theory is presented. A detailed derivation of a conformal anomaly and the definition and general properties of conformal field theory are given. Minimal string theory, which is a special version of the theory, is considered. Expressions for the string susceptibility and gravitational dimensions are derived.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow oblastRussia

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