## Introduction to String Theory

All talks in the HEP seminar are held by students for students. Clearly, faculty are more than welcome to participate. The format is informal. The talks are 45 minutes long, plus a generous amount of discussion time. In selected weeks, we will have regular seminar talks by external speakers.

**Location:** 338 Gallalee Hall

**Time:** 4:00 p.m.

### Reference Material

*String theory and M-theory: A Modern Introduction*by Becker, Becker, and Schwarz (primary)- TASI lecture notes by D’Hoker and Freedman
- David Tong’s lecture notes
- Lecture notes by Kevin Wray

### Schedule

Date | Speaker | Topic |
---|---|---|

February 12 | Digesh Raut | The bosonic string (chapter 2) |

February 19 | Lei Lu | Conformal field theory (chapter 3) |

February 23 | Prof. Osamu Seto (Hokkai-Gakuen University) | Singlet doublet mixed complex scalar dark matter (abstract) |

February 26 | Andrea Chaney | Strings with worldsheet supersymmetry, part 1 (chapter 4) |

March 4 | Prof. Masato Arai (Yamagata University) | Hyperkahler manifolds in projective superspace formalism (abstract) |

March 11 | Prof. Martin Ammon (University of Jena, Germany | Gravity meets condensed matter (abstract) |

March 18 | Spring Break | — |

March 25 | Everybody | Discussion |

April 1 | TBD | — |

April 8 | Honors Day | — |

April 15 | Nathan Papapietro | Irreducible representations, highest weight states |

April 22 | Roshan Koirala | Superconformal algebra |

April 29 | Andrea Chaney | 4-dimensional CFT: N=4 Super-Yang-Mills Theory |