Prerequisites: Effective Field Theory, Quantum Theory.
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.
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
Mode of instruction
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.
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.
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Primary text book (required): M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.
Lecturer Dr.Alessandra Silvestri