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Centre for Particle Theory

Conformal Field Theory

16 Lectures Prof. P. Heslop

This course will introduce the basic concepts and methods of conformal field theory in a pedestrian fashion, with emphasis on the very special case of two dimensions, with a view to derive some of the fundamental early results in bosonic string theory.

Outline of the course

Conformal transformations.
Conformal invariance in classical field theory.
Conformal invariance in QFT.
CFT methods in string theory.

Book for the course

P. Di Francesco, P. Mathieu and D. Senechal, Conformal Field Theory (Springer, 1997)
J. Polchinski, String Theory Vols 1&2 (CUP 1998)