NATF002: Advanced Quantum Field Theory 7.5hp

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PhD course in Theoretical Physics at Lund University

Course plan: ps pdf LaTeX

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.

Contents of the course

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, Higgs Mechanism, Standard Model.

To read:

Required Problems

Problems to attempt (useful for understanding the later chapters)

Hints and comments to some of the exercises

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

Some comments

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. If you loose track of why to do some things, a good complement to the course book is A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell.

Here are some others Some of the more philosophical backgrounds of Field theory can be found in the review article Frank Wilczek, Quantum Field Theory published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 71 (1999) S85-S95 or hep-th/9803075. A shorter discussion by Steven Weinberg is hep-th/9702027. These are both very much recommended.

Solutions on the web

I haven't found any yet but they do probably exist if you look hard enough.

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