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Superstring Theory: Volume 2, Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) Reprint Edition

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"...a useful reference." Donald Marolf, University of California Santa Barbara, American Journal of Physics

"This is clearly the book on string theory." American Mathematical Monthly

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Originally published at the height of the first revolution in string theory, these two volumes went on to define the field. Volume 2 focuses on one-loop amplitudes, anomalies and phenomenology. Featuring a new Preface, this book is invaluable for graduate students and researchers in high energy physics and astrophysics. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (July 29, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521357535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521357531
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
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Volume I of "Superstring theory" presented the fundamentals of string theory. This book builds on those fundamentals and explores the possible observable consequences of string theory. The subtitle "Loop amplitudes, anomalies and phenomenology" provides a good high level view of the content.

While the first volume demonstrated that string theory gives general relativity in the low energy limit, this volume explores some of the possible string theory implications in particle physics and how six of ten dimensions get compactified leaving the familiar four spacetime dimensions.

The first two chapters cover one-loop diagrams in bosonic and superstring theories. The tone is similar to the tree level scattering amplitudes calculations done in volume I. The amplitudes are calculated for both open and closed strings (which of course must be included when you have open strings that interact), the important concepts of moduli space and orbifolds are introduced here. Among the interesting results for the bosonic string are an additional argument for D = 26 and the appearance of an ultraviolet cutoff for the cosmological constant.

Following this is a lucid discussion of anomaly cancellation in Type I theory and path integral methods. Anomaly cancellation in Type IIB theories is considered later in the book, the subject of anomalies reappears throughout the remainder of the book.

The phenomenology discussion starts by studying the low energy effective action. The supersymmetric gauge fields are examined for various string symmetry groups. The background in differential geometry needed to understand gauge theory, as expressed in the language of forms, is presented in an earlier chapter.
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This is the quintessential text for anyone who wishes to learn anything about String Theory. It is approachable right after one has some background in Gauge Field Theories and General Relativity (not because of the Mathematical level, but because many of the ideas applied there resurface in String Theory and it is difficult to understand why unless one is familiar with them at the more basic level); it is extremely well written, and was the first text of its kind. It does not follow the language of Conformal Field Theory per se, which was developed as a subject after this text was written, but this is in fact a positive aspect, since every calculation is reasoned out from a physical perspective and the ideas of quantum field theory, and not merely shoved into the framework of an existing language. The chapters on compactification are the best there are, and though the modern techniques in the subject have slightly changed, it would be quite an ordeal if one were to try to learn String Theory from not this text but some other, for none of the more recent texts I have seen match up even closely to this one. Herein ideas seem to lucidly flow, making a technically advanced subject appear a logical extension of existing knowledge.
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