
Introduction to Superstring Theory I
Carlo Angelantonj  University of Torino, Torino



The aim of the course is to provide a brief introduction to the construction of consistent (super)string vacua in D=26 (D=10). Toroidal and orbifold compactifications as well as Dbranes will be discussed. The plan of the lectures is:
1. Lightcone quantisation of the bosonic string. The oneloop partition function for closed strings.
2. Circle compactification: Tduality and gauge symmetry enhancement.
3. Orbifold compactifications.
4. Lightcone quantisation of the fermionic string. The consistency of the oneloop partition function for closed strings. Type IIA/IIB and heterotic strings in D=10.
5. Dbranes and orientifold constructions.






Standard references:
M.B. Green, J.H. Schwarz and E. Witten, Superstring Theory (Cambridge University Press)
J. Polchinski, String Theory (Cambridge University press)
E. Kiritsis, String Theory in a Nutshell (Princeton University Press)
K. Becker, M. Becker and J.H. Schwarz, String Theory and MTheory (Cambridge University Press)
R. Blumenhagen, D. Luest and S. Theisen, Basic Concepts of String Theory (Springer)


Useful review:
C. Angelantonj and A. Sagnotti, Open Strings, Phys. Rep. 371 (2002) 1150 [arXiv: hepth/0204089]



