Phys3765 Advanced Quantum Mechanics -- QFT-I Fall 2012


E.S. Swanson
365 Thackeray Hall

class meets Tuesday and Thursdays, 2:30-3:45, 316 OEH

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:45 - 4:45.

Introductory Texts:

(*) = required, (+) = strongly recommended

Reference Texts:

Marking Scheme:   final = 0.4 take home exam + 0.6 assignments OR 1.0 assignments ...


You should be adept at quantum mechanics. Exposure to high energy physics, nuclear physics, tensors, relativistic EM, classical field theory, and quantum many-body physics would be very helpful but is not required. Taking the nuclear and high energy physics course is strongly recommended.


Syllabus QFT-I:

We will be covering essentially all of Peskin and Schroeder over the two terms of this course. This text, like most other QFT texts, concentrates on teaching the methods of quantum field theory. There are precious few applications. Thus it is important that you take Nuclear and Particle Physics. Donoghue et al. is also a wonderful resource with many applications and advanced topics. I will supplement the material of Peskin and Schroeder with

An important technical point: Peskin and Schroeder introduce the Dim Reg renormalization in an ad-hoc way, we will follow the traditional approach of introducing the scale via the coupling. We will also use a simpler and more direct method to obtain the beta function than is used in the text.

Time constraints will force us to cover many of these topics superficially. Quantum field theory is an enormous topic; this course only gets you started. There is no second course, so you must read, read, read to learn more. I have assembled the following files to help you in this regard.

Quantum Field Theory Texts

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