ABSTRACT

Branes are solitonic configurations of a string theory that are represented by extended objects in a higher-dimensional space-time. They are essential for a comprehension of the non-perturbative aspects of string theory, in particular, in connection with string dualities. From the mathematical viewpoint, branes are related to several important theo

part Part 1|2 pages

An elementary introduction to branes in string theory

chapter Chapter 1|3 pages

Introduction

ByAlberto Lerda

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Branes in string theory

ByAlberto Lerda

chapter 3|4 pages

The boundary state description of D-branes

ByAlberto Lerda

chapter 4|5 pages

The effective action of D-branes

ByAlberto Lerda

chapter Chapter 5|7 pages

The dark night sky

ByAlberto Lerda

part Part 2|2 pages

Physical aspects

chapter Chapter 6|47 pages

Two-dimensional conformal field theory on open and unoriented surfaces

ByYassen S Stanev

chapter 7|33 pages

Topics in string tachyon dynamics

ByCésar Gómez, Pedro Resco

part Part 3|2 pages

Mathematical Developments

chapter Chapter 8|89 pages

Deformation theory, homological algebra and mirror symmetry

ByKenji Fukaya

chapter Chapter 9|64 pages

Large N dualities and transitions in geometry

ByAntonella Grassi, Michele Rossi