Classical mechanics (Lagrangians, Hamiltonians etc), introductory quantum mechanics (QM 1 and 2 at B.Sc. level), Some knowledge of statistical physics and thermodynamics and 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: * Fields as universal description of many body systems at low energies. * Symmetries and conservation laws. * Noether's theorem. * Renormalization and low energy effective theories. * States of matter and phase transitions.
A basic understanding of the topics listed above, including the ability to do computations of the most important effects.
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Mode of instruction
To be discussed with the students. Most likely, a written exam supplemented by other means of evaluation
K. Huang: Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals, Wiley
D. Tong’s Quantum Field Theory lecture notes
S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge University Press 1985
Detailed lecture notes to be provided
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Lecturer: Dr. S.P. Patil