Conformal invariance, supersymmetry and string theory

Daniel Friedan, Emil Martinec, Stephen Shenker

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Covariant quantization of string theories is developed in the context of conformal field theory and the BRST quantization procedure. The BRST method is used to covariantly quantize superstrings, and in particular to construct the vertex operators for string emission as well as the supersymmetry charge. The calculation of string loop diagrams is sketched. We discuss how conformal methods can be used to study string compactification and dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-165
Number of pages73
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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