ITP Lecture Archive

Introduction to String Theory – HS 2011

Lecturer: Prof. Niklas Beisert
Tuesday 8:45-10:30, HIT F 31.2
Burkhard Schwab
Monday 15:45-16:30, HIT F 31.2

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String theory is an attempt to quantise gravity and unite it with the other fundamental forces of nature. It combines many interesting topics of (quantum) field theory in two and higher dimensions. This course gives an introduction to the basics of string theory.


  1. Introduction
  2. Relativistic Point Particle
  3. Classical Bosonic String
  4. String Quantisation
  5. Compactification
  6. Open Strings and D-Branes
  7. Conformal Field Theory
  8. String Scattering
  9. String Backgrounds
  10. Superstrings
  11. AdS/CFT Correspondence


Credit Requirements


Combined Lecture Notes and Problem Sets (PDF, 2.88 MB)

Lecture Notes

Problem Sets