Physics 234B: String Theory II -- Outline
Unofficial Week-by-week Outline
Disclaimer: This outline is somewhat tentative, and the instructor
reserves the right to change it with very little notice.
Week 1: I. String-string dualities, M-theory.
String-string dualities: Type IIB S-duality. Type IIB supergravity and its
classical SL(2,R) symmetry. SL(2,Z) duality.
(p,q) strings. U-duality of Type II theories on tori.
N=1 supergravity in ten dimensions. Heterotic/Type I duality.
The Type I D-string as the heterotic string.
The Type I D5-brane.
Type IIA/M-theory duality; heterotic M-theory; F-theory.
Week 4: II. Black holes, black branes and
Bekenstein-Hawking entropy for black holes and branes.
Statistical mechanics of black-hole entropy in string theory; the D1-D5-P
system; D-branes and microstates.
Black holes in IIB on a Calabi-Yau; the OSV conjecture; topological
Week 7: III. Towards nonperturbative
definitions of string/M-theory.
Matrix models of the noncritical bosonic string and Type 0 strings in two
dimensions; noncritical M-theory.
M(atrix) theory; the DLCQ method.
String field theory.
Week 11: IV. AdS/CFT
Gauge-gravity dualities in general; 't Hooft large N expansion; N=4 SYM/Type
IIB on AdS_5 duality (from D3-branes).
AdS_3/CFT_2; reducing supersymmetry in AdS/CFT.
Away from conformal invariance.
Week 14: V. Recent developments and open
AdS/QCD, quark-gluon plasma, nonequilibrium aspects of AdS/CFT correspondence.
kinetic coefficients, viscosity bounds; strings out of equilibrium.
The landscape of vacua; flux compactifications;
positive cosmological constant in string theory, inflation;
the swampland idea.