String Theory 101

  • Neil Lambert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 851)


In these lecture notes we will give a basic description of string theory aimed at students with no previous experience. Most of the discussion focuses on the bosonic string quantized used the so-called old covariant formulation, although we will also briefly introduce light cone quantization. In the final lecture we will discuss how supersymmetry can be included on the worldsheet, leading to type IIA, type IIB and heterotic superstrings.


Gauge Symmetry Open String Conformal Invariance Heterotic String Closed String 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theory DivisionCERNSwitzerland

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