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By James B. Hartle

ISBN-10: 0805386629

ISBN-13: 9780805386622

The purpose of this groundbreaking new e-book is to convey basic relativity into the undergraduate curriculum and make this basic thought obtainable to all physics majors. utilizing a "physics first" method of the topic, well known relativist James B. Hartle presents a fluent and obtainable creation that makes use of at the least new arithmetic and is illustrated with a wealth of intriguing functions. The emphasis is at the fascinating phenomena of gravitational physics and the growing to be connection among idea and statement. the worldwide Positioning process, black holes, X-ray assets, pulsars, quasars, gravitational waves, the massive Bang, and the big scale constitution of the universe are used to demonstrate the common function of the way common relativity describes a wealth of daily and unique phenomena.

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For the sake of completeness we analyze in sec. IV the effective string equations [3]. These equations have been extensively treated in the literature [28] and they are not our central aim. It must be noticed that there is no satisfactory derivation of inflation in the context of the effective string equations. This does not mean that string theory is not compatible with inflation, but that the effective string action approach is not enough to describe inflation. The effective string equations are a low energy field theory approximation to string theory containing only the massless string modes.

From now on strings will propagate in the curved (physical) four dimensional space-time. However, we will find instructive to study the case where this curved space-time has dimensionality D, where D may be 2, 3, 4 or arbitrary. B. 1) with respect to the metric GAB at the spacetime point X. 27) where dot and prime stands for B/fh and B/Ba, respectively. 27) is just a spacetime point whereas X(a, T) stands for the string dynamical variables. 27) that TAB (X) vanishes unless 23 X is exactly on the string world-sheet.

1) we have R~ == -(D - l)(H + H2) Rf == -cSf [H + (D - 1) H2] R == -(D - 1)(2 H + D H2). 6) where H == ~ ~ . 3) read iP - (D - l)(H + H2) _ au == ael> e p H + (D-1)H2-H+ au + ~ au == e p .. . ael> au D -loR 2if>+2(D-1)H-2-(D-1)(2H+DH2)-2 a -c+2U==O where dot . 7) can be expressed in a more compact form as iiI - (D _ 1) H2 _ . 12) As is known, under the duality transformation R --+ R- 1 , the dilaton transforms as --+ + (D -1) log R. 1O) is invariant under duality. 14) provided u = d, that is, a duality invariant string source.

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