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Conformal Field Theory intro.

  1. May 7, 2009 #1

    malawi_glenn

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    Hello

    Anyone got some introductory notes / books on Conformal Field Theory for someone who know Quantum Field Theory at the level of Peskin's book?

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  3. May 9, 2009 #2
    I highly recommend Ginsparg as an introductory set of notes:
    http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028

    As a good second source, which you should keep aside (but is a little less detailed), try Schellekens notes:
    http://www.nikhef.nl/~t58/lectures.html

    In the end there is only one real Tome on conformal field theory, which is the book by Di Francesco, Mathieu and Senechal (title: Conformal Field Theory). But that will take you at least a whole year to read back-to-back. Do note that this book is about CFT - not about its applications (for instance, it hardly involves supersymmetry).

    In the context of String theory you should also look for Polchinski, String Theory Vol 1.
     
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  4. May 9, 2009 #3

    malawi_glenn

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    Hi and thank you! Yeah, a book with almost 900pages seems really cumbersome ;)
     
  5. May 9, 2009 #4
    xepma makes a point however : it depends whether you want to study conformal field theory by itself, or if you have a specific application for it. There are numerous books on it in condensed matter field theory for instance.

    A shorter review is in RMP Vol 34 num 3 (Jul 1962) page 442
     
  6. May 9, 2009 #5

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    Well I am mostly interested in its application to string theory AND condensed matter
     
  7. May 9, 2009 #6
    For condensed matter, I have "Introduction to conformal invariance and its applications to critical phenomena" by Christe and Henkel (CUP 1993) (but as you know, I am no condensed matter aficionado, so there may be better references around)

    Also, there is "Applied conformal field theory" by Ginsparg (Les Houches 1989)
     
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