The contributions to this volume of the famous summer school in Les Houches cover the recent developments in supersymmetric string theory, the gauge theory/string theory correspondence and string duality. The book is a comprehensive introduction to the recent developments in string/M-theory and quantum gravity.
From the Contents: Supergravity.- Supersymmetric Gauge Theories.- An Introduction to Duality Symmetries in String Theory.- Les Houches Lectures on Large N Field Theories and Gravity.- D-Branes on the Conifold and N = 1 Gauge/Gravity Dualities.- De Sitter Space.- String Compactification with N = 1 Supersymmetry.- Lectures on Open Strings, and Noncommutative Gauge Theories.- Condensates Near the Argyres-Douglas Point in SU (2) Gauge Theory with Broken N = 2 Supersymmetry.- Quantum Field Theory with Extra Dimensions.- Special Holonomy Spaces and M-Theory.- Four Dimensional Non-Critical Strings.- U-Opportunities: Why is Ten Equal to Ten?- Exact Answers to Approximate Questions - Noncommutative Dipoles, Open Wilson Lines and UV-IR Duality.- Open-String Models with Broken Supersymmetry.- On Field Theory of Open Strings, Tachyon Condensation and Closed Strings.
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