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Necessary knowledge of standard model for string theorist

  1. Mar 29, 2015 #1
    I wasn't sure whether I should post this question in this category or "High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics", but I decided to post here, since I want to get opinions from the people who are studying the topics discussed in this category, not the experts on standard model or particle physics. I'm currently studying QFT with Peskin's text and the text by Deligne et. al. and going to study string theory after that. Since I'm also oriented to pure math, the time I can spend for studying standard model is limited. So, based on your experience, could you tell me how much knowledge in standard model a typical string theorist needs? This is a vague question, so could you tell me which of the following texts (1~4) I must read in addition to 5? If you have some recommendation regarding books on this field, could you tell me that?
    1. Quarks and Leptons by F. Halzen
    2. Heavy Quark Physics by A. Manohar
    3. QCD and Collider Physics by R. Ellis
    4. Dynamics of the Standard Model by J. Donoghue

    5. Lie Algebras In Particle Physics by H. Georgi
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  3. Mar 29, 2015 #2
    Your question is making me frown with perplexity, because I cannot figure out what your intellectual objective is. Do you want to study string theory just for the math?
  4. Mar 29, 2015 #3
    Thanks for your reply. I'd like to study math as a mathematician and physics as a physicist. I believe I can do both, since the areas of math and physics which I'm interested are closely related to each other. I have all the prerequisite knowledge both in math and physics, so I want to study string theory and its related areas with the highest rigor. I want to study string theory not for math. Although the study of string theory contributed to development of a certain mathematical area, that's not the reason why I want to study string theory.
  5. Mar 30, 2015 #4
    OK. Well, string theory is a big subject and how much knowledge of the standard model is employed, depends on what you're doing with it. If you're doing string phenomenology, you're basically doing particle physics, so properties of the standard model will constantly be relevant. If you're doing holographic QCD, you just need hadron physics. If you're studying quantum mechanics of black holes, or e.g. brane configurations which are clearly not our world, but which may be a testbed for calculation methods or conceptual insights - then you may not need the standard model at all.
  6. Mar 30, 2015 #5
    I see. Then, since the prerequisite seems to be totally up to what I will specialize on, I will skim through some of the above literature for now, and then I will peruse the one which I will need for any paper or on my research. I appreciate your advice a lot!
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