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Quantum Field Theory


Admission Requirements

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.

  • 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


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials

Assessment method

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


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.


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