A205
Course Coordinator: 
Shinobu Hikami
Quantum Field Theory
Description: 

This course covers quantum field theory. Due to recent developments, we organize it with emphasizing statistical field theory.
The renormalization group method, symmetry breaking, gauge field and string theory, random matrix theory are key ingredients.

Aim: 
To introduce students to basic concepts and techniques in relativistic quantum field theory.
Course Content: 
  1. An electron in a uniform electromagnetic field: Landau levels
  2. Canonical Quantization
  3. Antiparticles
  4. Particle decay
  5. Feynman rules and the S-matrix
  6. Weyl and Dirac spinors
  7. Gauge Theories
  8. Quantization of the electromagnetic field
  9. Symmetry breaking
  10. Path integrals
  11. Aharonov-Bohm effect
  12. Renormalization
  13. Quantum chromodynamics
  14. Nuclear forces and Gravity
  15. Field unification
Course Type: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
Assessment: 
Homework: 60%, Final Exam, 40%
Text Book: 
E. Brezin, Introduction to statistical field theory (CambridgeUniversity Press)
Reference Book: 
Quantum Field Theory, by Michio Kaku (1993) Oxford University Press.
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Peskin and Schroder (1995) Westview Press.
Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Vol. I and II, by Aitchison and Hey (2004) Institute of Physics
Prior Knowledge: 

A216, A217 Quantum Mechanics I and II

B11 Classical Electrodynamics