INTRODUCTION TO CONFORMAL FIELD THEORY
Abstract:
In these lectures I will try to give a pedagogical introduction to 2-
dimensional conformal field theory. I will start from the very basics.
The goal of this crash course is to explain how to compute correlation
functions of Virasoro minimal models, as well as to familiarise with important
concepts such as operator products, rationality, and modular invariance.
If time allows I will also touch upon more modern topics such as Liouville
theory, boundary theory and D-branes. Intended for students and non-
specialists from both maths and physics.
References:
* Di Francesco, Mathieu, Senechal, "Conformal Field Theory," Springer
* Polchinski, "String Theory," 2 volumes, CUP (Chaps 2 and 15)
* Ketov, "Conformal Field Theory," World Scientific
* Henkel, "Conformal Invariance and Critical Phenomena," Springer
* Ginsparg, "Applied Conformal Field Theory," hep-th/9108028
* Gomez, Ruiz-Altaba, Sierra, "Quantum Groups in Two-dimensional Physics," CUP