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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, and allows the description of many simultaneously quantized excitations.

Course Objectives

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

  • Review of Classical Field Theory

  • Quantization of Free Fields: canonical quantization

  • Interacting Fields: scattering and Feynman rules

  • Fermions: Lorentz Group, Dirac equation, spin

  • Gauge Fields

  • The theory of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED): scattering processes and Feynman rules


Physics Schedule
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Mode of instruction

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Course load

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.

Assessment method

100% of the grade based on the final exam


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Reading list

Primary text book (required):
M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995. (we will cover the first 5 chapters).
Additional reading material will be shared via Brightspace


Lecturer Dr.Alessandra Silvestri
Assistant(s): [Alice Garoffolo] ( [Tereza Vakhtel