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M-theory and Quantum Geometry: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Quantum Geometry, Held in Akureyri, Iceland, on August 9-20, 1999

M-theory and Quantum Geometry: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Quantum Geometry, Held in Akureyri, Iceland, on August 9-20, 1999 (Paperback)

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The fundamental structure of matter and spacetime at the shortest length scales remains an exciting frontier of basic research in theoretical physics. A unifying theme in this area is the quantization of geometrical objects. The majority of lectures at the Advanced Study Institute on Quantum Ge- ometry in Akureyri was on recent advances in superstring theory, which is the leading candidate for a unified description of all known elementary par- ticles and interactions. The geometric concept of one-dimensional extended objects, or strings, has always been at the core of superstring theory but in recent years the focus has shifted to include also higher-dimensional ob- jects, so called D-branes, which play a key role in the non-perturbative dynamics of the theory. A related development has seen the strong coupling regime of a given string theory identified with the weak coupling regime of what was previ- ously believed to be a different theory, and a web of such" dualities" that interrelates all known superstring theories has emerged. The resulting uni- fied theoretical framework, termed M-theory, has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years.

Science & MathematicsPhysicsQuantum physics incl quantum mechanics & quantum field theory Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers Publication Date: 01/09/2000 ISBN-13: 9780792364757  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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