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FUF020 - Quantum field theory
 
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 17 - FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Written and oral assignments 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

In programs

TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Gabriele Ferretti



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, advanced classical mechanics

Aim

We give an introduction to Quantum Field Theory (QFT), its teoretical
basis and some of its most basic applications. QFT is the common language
used by both particle physicists and condensed matter physicists to
describe quantum systems with an infinite number of degrees of freedom.
It naturally incorporates and syntetizes both quantum mechanics and
special relativity. The concrete goal is that the students will be able to
compute a few of the most basic experimentally verified predictions of QFT
in particle physics and condensed matter.

Content

Introduction, What is QFT? Why fields? Spin 0, 1/2 and 1 fields, Perturbation theory, Scattering matrix, Feynman diagrams, Cross sections and lifetimes, Elementary processes in quantum electrodynamics (QED), Renormalization group, Wilsonian view of renormalization, Dimensional regularization, Running coupling constant, Fixed points, Critical exponents.

Organisation

Lectures and exercises

Literature

An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory,
Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder
Addison-Wesley Advanced Book Program (now Perseus Books) (1995)

Examination

Homeworks and oral exam


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