Spring/Summer 2018


YMSC Graduate Course
Brane Dynamics and Supersymmetric Gauge Theories

This course is an introduction to branes in string theory and how they give rise to supersymmetric gauge theories in various dimensions. We will first cover the classification of different types of branes that arise in string theory and the bound states they form. We will then move on to the brane realizations of supersymmetric gauge theories in 2,3,4,5 and 6 dimensions. While doing so, we will explore how gauge theory phenomena such as dualities arise in terms of branes and how brane dynamics gives a powerful geometrical interpretation of such gauge theory phenomena. This course is intended to be a pedagogical introduction to the topic of branes in string theory with examples taken from modern developments in string theory, including topics like mirror symmetry and the Higgs and Coulomb branch of N=4 theories, branes at Calabi-Yau singularities and recent applications of Hanany-Witten brane setups.

Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry, Representation Theory

Confirmed Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 17:00-18:40
March 6 – June 14, 2018

Yau Mathematical Sciences Center, Tsinghua University,
Conference Room 1, Jin Chun Yuan West Building