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Gravity and Strings

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521768139

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  • Self-contained and comprehensive, this definitive new edition of Gravity and Strings is a unique resource for graduate students and researchers in theoretical physics. From basic differential geometry through to the construction and study of black-hole and black-brane solutions in quantum gravity - via all the intermediate stages - this book provides a complete overview of the intersection of gravity, supergravity, and superstrings. Now fully revised, this second edition covers an extensive array of topics, including new material on non-linear electric-magnetic duality, the electric-tensor formalism, matter-coupled supergravity, supersymmetric solutions, the geometries of scalar manifolds appearing in 4- and 5-dimensional supergravities, and much more. Covering reviews of important solutions and numerous solution-generating techniques, and accompanied by an exhaustive index and bibliography, this is an exceptional reference work.

    • Fully revised to include over 300 pages of additional material and 13 additional chapters
    • Introduces novel examples of explicit solutions
    • Includes an extensive bibliography, making it easy to locate relevant primary literature
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521768139
    • length: 1048 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 63 mm
    • weight: 1.99kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    1. Differential geometry
    2. Symmetries and Noether's theorems
    3. A perturbative introduction to general relativity
    4. Action principles for gravity
    5. Pure N=1,2,d=4 supergravities
    6. Matter-coupled N=1,d=4 supergravity
    7. Matter-coupled N=2,d=4 supergravity
    8. A generic description of all the N>2,d=4 SUEGRAS
    9. Matter-coupled N=1,d=5 supergravity
    10. Conserved charges in general relativity
    11. The Schwarzschild black hole
    12. The Reissner–Nordström black hole
    13. The Taub–NUT solution
    14. Gravitational pp-waves
    15. The Kaluza–Klein black hole
    16. Dilaton and dilaton/axion black holes
    17. Unbroken supersymmetry I: supersymmetric vacua
    18. Unbroken supersymmetry II: partially supersymmetric solutions
    19. Supersymmetric black holes from supergravity
    20. String theory
    21. The string effective action and T duality
    22. From eleven to four dimensions
    23. The type-IIB superstring and type-II T duality
    24. Extended objects
    25. The extended objects of string theory
    26. String black holes in four and five dimensions
    27. The FGK formalism for (single, static) black holes and branes
    Appendices: A.1 Lie groups, symmetric spaces, and Yang–Mills fields
    A.2 The irreducible, non-symmetric Riemannian spaces of special holonomy
    A.3 Miscellanea on the symplectic group
    A.4 Gamma matrices and spinors
    A.5 Kähler geometry
    A.6 Special Kähler geometry
    A.7 Quaternionic-Kähler geometry.

  • Author

    Tomás Ortín, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Tomás Ortín is a Research Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT), a joint institute of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Spanish National Research Council (UAM-CSIC). He has previously worked at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), held postdoctoral positions at Stanford University, Queen Mary University of London. and has taught several graduate courses on advanced general relativity. His research interests include string theory, gravity, quantum gravity, and black-hole physics.

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