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Gravity and Strings

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  • Date Published: May 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511189241

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  • One appealing feature of string theory is that it provides a theory of quantum gravity. This volume is a self-contained, pedagogical exposition of this theory, its foundations and its basic results. Due to the large amount of background material, actions, solutions and bibliography contained within, this unique book can be used as a reference for research as well as a complementary textbook in graduate courses on gravity, supergravity and string theory.

    • Self-contained, with a great deal of information (in particular actions and solutions) described in uniform notation and conventions, so it is perfect as a reference book
    • Includes a unique review of Special-Relativistic Theories of Gravity
    • Written from a pedagogical point of view, assuming little previous knowledge of the subject
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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511189241
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Gravity and Supergravity:
    1. Differential geometry
    2. Noether's theorems
    3. A perturbative introduction to general relativity
    4. Action principles for gravity
    5. N = 1, 2, d = 4 supergravities
    6. Conserved charges in general relativity
    Part II. Gravitating Point-Particles:
    7. The Schwarzschild black hole
    8. The Reissner-Nordström black hole
    9. The Taub-NUT solution
    10. Gravitational pp-waves
    11. The Kaluza-Klein black hole
    12. Dilaton and dilaton/axion black holes
    13. Unbroken supersymmetry
    Part III. Gravitating Extended Objects of String Theory:
    14. String theory
    15. The string effective action and T duality
    16. From eleven to four dimensions
    17. The type-IIB superstring and type-II T duality
    18. Extended objects
    19. The extended objects of string theory
    20. String black holes in four and five dimensions
    Appendix A. Lie groups, symmetric spaces and Yang-Mills fields
    Appendix B. Gamma matrices and spinors
    Appendix C. n-Spheres
    Appendix D. Palatini's identity
    Appendix E. Conformal rescalings
    Appendix F. Connections and curvature components
    Appendix G. The harmonic operator on R3 x S1

  • Author

    Tomás Ortín, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Tomás Ortín completed his graduate studies and got his Ph.D. at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He then worked as a postdoctoral student in the Physics Department of Stanford University supported by a Spanish Government grant. Between 1993 and 1995, he was E.U. Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the String Theory Group of the Physics Department of Queen Mary, University of London, and from 1995 to 1997, Fellow in the Theory Division of CERN. He is currently Staff Scientist at the Spanish Research Council and member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Dr Ortín has taught several graduate courses on advanced general relativity, supergravity and strings. His research interests lie in string theory, gravity, quantum gravity and black hole physics.

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