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Quantum Field Theory

Vak
2020-2021

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: Effective Field Theory, Quantum Theory.

Description

Building on the courses Effective Field Theory and Quantum Theory, this is a first course in the Quantum Theory of Fields, which consistently unifies special relativity with quantum mechanics, and allows the description of many simultaneously quantized excitations.

Course Objectives

A basic understanding of the topics listed below, including the ability to do computations of the most important effects. • Quantum Mechanics from a Lagrangian perspective • The path integral • Spin and the Lorentz Group • The Dirac Equation • The theory of Quantum-ElectroDynamics • Perturbation theory and elementary scattering processes

Timetable

Physics Schedule
For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

Mode of instruction

See Brightspace

Course load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • 136 hours - 38 hours spent on attending lectures and work sessions
- 98 hours of time spent for studying the compulsory literature and reference books, for completing problem sets and preparing for the final exam.

Assessment method

Attendance of at least 70% of the work sessions and an overall grade of 6/10 in the homework assignments will provide a 1 point bonus to be added to the grade of the exam only after you have reached 5/10.

100% of the grade based on the final exam, including the possible bonus point from above.

Only the final exam can be retaken.

Brightspace

Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis

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Reading list

Primary text book (required): M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.

Contact

Lecturer Dr.Alessandra Silvestri