Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour practice class per week. |
Total Time Commitment:
3 contact hours and 7 hours private study per week.
Both of the following, or equivalent.
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
No prior knowledge of physics is assumed.
|Non Allowed Subjects:|| |
No disallowed subject combinations among new-generation subjects.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.
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CoordinatorProf Omar Foda
Prof Omar Foda
About one-half of the course is a solid introduction to two-dimensional conformal field theory with emphasis on the operator formalism and explicit calculations. The second half is an introduction to string theory based on the first half. Time allowing, one or more of the following topics will be discussed: D-branes, compactification, dualities and matrix models. For concreteness bosonic strings will be emphasized.
After completing this subject students should:
Up to 40 pages of written assignments (40%: two assignments worth 20% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3-hour written examination (60%, in the examination period).
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
E. Kiritsis, String Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press, 2007
Lecture notes available online.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) |
Mathematics and Statistics |
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