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Effective Field Theory


Admission Requirements

Some knowledge of Relativistic Electrodynamics is desirable.


This course is a brief introduction to common concepts in classical field theory used throughout theoretical physics in cosmology, elementary particle and condensed matter physics.

Topics: * Symmetries and conservation laws * Spontaneous symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons * Renormalization * Perturbation theory * Scattering

Course objectives

A basic understanding of the topics listed above, including the ability to do computations of the most important effects.


Physics Schedule
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Mode of instruction

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Assessment method

To be discussed with the students. Most likely, a written exam supplemented by other means of evaluation

Reading list

  • K. Huang: Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals, Wiley

  • D. Tong’s Quantum Field Theory lecture notes

  • P. van Baal: A course in Field Theory, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis 2013.

  • W.L.G.A.M. van Neerven’s Quantum Field Theory lecture notes, reproduced with his permission.

  • A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press 2003

  • S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge University Press 1985


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Lecturer: Dr. S.P. Patil