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PhD course in Theoretical Physics at Lund University

Course plan: Official Swedish version and English translation

Course book: Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder,
*An Introduction
to Quantum Field Theory*

Misprints in the book can be found via Peskin's QFT page. Note that there are three different lists of misprints which you might all need depending on which edition you have.

The aim of the course is to give deeper knowledge of field theory beyond the first course. Subjects include:

- Radiative Corrections
- Charge and field-renormalization
- LSZ reduction formula
- Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory (functional methods)
- Spontaneous symmetry breaking
- Renormalization group
- gauge theories
- QCD and parton distribution functions
- Higgs Mechanism and Standard Model

To read:

- Ch. 6
- Ch 7 sections 7.1, 7.2 7.5 and the gluon radiation discussion
- Ch 8
- Ch 9 (not 9.6)
- Ch 10. (not 10.5)
- Ch 11 only 11.1
- Ch 12 (not 12.4)
- Ch 15 (not 15.3, 15.4 cursory)
- Ch 17
- Ch 20 (only 20.1 and 20.2)

- 6.1
- 7.2
- 9.1
- 10.2
- 11.1
- 12.3
- 15.2
- 17.1
- 17.4
- 20.5

- 6.2: Not needed to be solved for passing the course, but useful in understanding what happens for 17.4 and parton evolution in Chapter 17.

The use of algebraic manipulation programs like FORM, Maple or Mathematica is allowed, even encouraged.

The full list of hints, also says if there are nonrequired parts, is available as a postscript file: hints.pdf

Meant to test understanding, not reproducing detailed derivations. Here you can find some examples of oral exam questions.

There are many books on quantum field theory varying from very elementary to very mathematical, the list below are some I have looked at but there are many more.

The course book tends to do calculations in more
detail than most other quantum field theory books. A good complement to the course book is
A. Zee, *Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell*. It is **strongly** recommended to read this one at the same time as the course book, it explains why you do things better.

- Warren Siegel,
*Fields*, freely available on arXiv as hep-th/abs/9912205 - R. E. Borcherds, A. Barnard,
*Lectures on Quantum Field Theory*, freely available as math-ph/0204014, aimed at mathematicians - Steven Weinberg,
*The Quantum Theory of Fields*, 3 volumes, good on the philosophy and reasons why field theory looks as it does. Unusual sign conventions. A good complementary read for those who want to know more. - Itzykson and Zuber,
*Quantum Field Theory*, the book I learned a lot from. - Ramond,
*Field Theory, a modern primer*, a purely pathintegral based approach. - L. Alvarez-Gaume and M. Vazquez-Mozo,
*Introductory lectures on quantum field theory*, hep-th/0510040, a recommended read. - A. Zee,
*Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell*, contains also decent discussions about the conceptual backgrounds of the various parts. - M. Schwartz,
*Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model*contains also a number of more recent developments - Sidney Coleman,
Notes from Sidney Coleman's Physics 253a: Quantum Field Theory, arXiv:1110.5013

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