Fall-Winter
2017 Welcome to PH6048!
Relativistic Quantum Field Theory is the fundamental
framework underlying the description of how Nature works
at her most microscopic level. Depending on your
background, this may not be an easy class, but if you do
exert the mental effort I believe you'll find the course
intellectually rewarding!
- Textbook: An
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Peskin and
Schroeder
- Class Venue: S4-623
- Class Times: Wed 9 - 9:50 am and Fri 2 - 3:50 pm (Subject to change)
- My Office: S4-718
- E-mail: yizen [dot] chu [at] gmail [dot] com
- My Office Hours: Tuesdays 9 - 10 am.
- Jason Payne (Graduate Teaching Assistant):
- Office: S4-507
- E-mail: jasonpayne16 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Office Hours:
Wed 11 am - 1 pm.
- Yi-Zen
- Disability If you have a disability that you think I should know about, and if you need special accomodations, please feel free to speak to me after class or e-mail me to set up a meeting.
- Academic Integerity You are encouraged to discuss with your classmates the material covered in class, and even work together on your assignments. However, the work you turn in must be the result of your own effort. If I find that you copied your work from some place else, you will immediately receive zero credit for that particular piece of work. If you plagarized your classmate, your classmate will also receive zero credit for her/his/their work, unless (s)he/they can prove to my satisfaction (s)he/they were unwilling participant(s) of your dishonesty.
Syllabus
and Grading Scheme
Not in strict order
-- we will be covering:
- (Semi-)Classical Field Theory in Minkowski
Spacetime
- Spacetime Symmetries and Elements of Group Representations
- Abelian and Non-Abelian Gauge Theory
- Perturbative Scattering Theory
- Canonical Quantization & Path Integrals
- Broken symmetries and Goldstone Bosons
Because I wish to reward
hard work during the semester, I will give most
weight -- 75% of your total grade -- to the
homework you turn in. The rest of the 25%
will be for the final.
Lecture
Notes and Additional MaterialHomework (75%): I recommend starting your homework as soon as possible -- do not wait until the day before it is due to do it! Note: I will not accept late homework -- just turn in whatever you have done at the time/day it is due. - Due Friday 5 October: Problem 8.4 & D.2 of Analytical Methods; Problem 1.1, 1.2; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.2 of Rotations, etc.
- Due Wednesday 31 October: Problem 4.40, 4.41, 4.42, 4.44, 8.11, 8.13, 8.15 of Analytical Methods; and Problem 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 of Field Theory Notes.
- Due Friday 23 November: 3.5, 3.10, 4.20 (Parts 1 through 3), 8.17, 8.18, 8.19, 8.20, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23, 8.24, 8.25, 8.26 of Analytical Methods; and 3.2, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11 of Field Theory Notes.
- Due Monday 24 December: HW 4
- Due Monday 7 January: HW
5
Note added: If you turn in your final report
on Tuesday 8 January you will receive 80% of the
credit (so if you score 20/25, you'll receive
16/25); if you do so on Wednesday 9 January you will
receive 60% of the credit; and so on. If you turn in
your final report on Saturday 12 January or after,
you will receive 0.By .Wednesday October 17, please write to
me or approach me in person to discuss the
topic(s) you wish to write aboutWriting guidelines for final paper The papers should be written in English, and the font size should be 12 points. Your writing will be judged firstly by the accuracy, breadth and depth of the content; but also by the clarity of the exposition. Make sure you cite your sources carefully and provide proper credit whenever appropriate. Turn in your papers by e-mailing them to both Jason Payne and I. If you write your paper on MS Word, please convert it to Open Office format before sending it to me. Extra credit will be given if you write your paper in LaTeX; if you do, just e-mail me your TeX file. - Translations, Rotations, Flips, in Flat Space
**Analytical Methods**(Mainly 4.6 and 8.1)**Field Theory Notes**
QFT Textbooks - An
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by
Peskin and Schroeder
- Quantum Theory of Fields, by Weinberg
- Quantum Field Theory, by Srednicki
- Quantum Field Theory In a Nutshell, by Zee
- Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model, by Schwartz
- Quantum Field Theory, by Zuber and Itzykson
- Quantum Field Theory, by Kaku
- Quantum Field Theory, by Ryder
- A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Maggiore
- Modern Quantum Field Theory, by Banks
- Quantum Field Theory, by Mandl and Shaw
- Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory, by Shifman
- Quantum Field Theory, by Huang
- Quantum Field Theory, by Nair
- Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings, by Hatfield
- Anomalies in Quantum Field Theory, by Bertlmann
- An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory, by Alvarez-Gaumé and Vázquez-Mozo
- The Global Approach to Quantum Field Theory, by DeWitt
- Field Theory: A Modern Primer, by Ramond
- Conformal Field Theory, by Di Francesco, Mathieu, and Senechal
- Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity, by Elvang and Huang
- Fields, by Siegel
QFT in Curved Spacetime - Quantum
Field Theory in Curved Spacetime, by
Parker and Toms
- Quantum Fields in Curved Space, by N. D. Birrell and Davies
QFT Lectures
**Field Theory Lecture Notes**, by Preskill
- Lectures
on QFT, by David Tong
- QFT, by Markus Luty
- Physics 253: QFT, by Sidney Coleman
- QFT Lectures, by Anthony Zee
- Search
**PIRSA**and**CDS**for other video lectures.
(Mostly links to amazon.com -- out of
convenience; not an endorsement of their business
practices.) Acknowledgements
While developing this course, I have
taken inspiration from several of the textbooks
& video lectures listed above.Disclaimer
The views and opinions expressed in this page are
strictly those of mine (Yi-Zen Chu). The contents of
this page have not been reviewed or approved by the
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