Fundamentals of the Pure Spinor Formalism
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Fundamentals of the Pure Spinor Formalism
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€ 32,95
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9789056296414
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Paperback
Number of pages
180
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Contents - 8 Preface - 12 1. String theory - 14 2. Pure spinor formalism - 58 3. Basic techniques - 76 4. BRST quantisation of the pure spinor superstring - 98 5. Decoupling of unphysical states - 118 6. Discussion and conclusion - 156 Appendix A - 160 Bibliography - 168 Samenvatting - 174 Acknowledgments - 180

Joost Hoogeveen

Fundamentals of the Pure Spinor Formalism

This thesis presents recent developments within the pure spinor formalism, which has simplified amplitude computations in perturbative string theory, especially when spacetime fermions are involved. Firstly the worldsheet action of both the minimal and the non-minimal pure spinor formalism is derived from first principles, i.e. from an action with two dimensional diffeomorphism and Weyl invariance. Secondly the decoupling of unphysical states in the minimal pure spinor formalism is proved.
Author

Joost Hoogeveen

Joost Hoogeveen (1984) studied physics and mathematics, initially at the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 he continued these studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2005 he started his PhD research at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Amsterdam.