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Quantum Field Theory

Vak 2015-2016

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.
Topics:
• 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
• Introduction to Renormalization, the renormallization group and the connection with critical phenomena

Timetable

Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials

Assessment method

60% Problem assignments; 40% Written Final exam (must pass)

Blackboard

Course material is on Blackboard.
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

primary text books (required)
1. M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
2. R. Rattazzi: The Path Integral approach to Quantum Mechanics, http://itp.epfl.ch/webdav/site/itp/users/174685/private/RevisedLectureNotesV2.pdf
secondary text book (not required): M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.

Contact

Contactdetails Teacher(s):Prof.dr.K. Schalm (Koenraad)

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