Spring 2018 - PHYS 812 G100

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (3)

Class Number: 3824

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 810 or equivalent.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A first course in relativistic quantum field theory (QFT), mainly quantum electrodynamics (QED). Canonical quantization of the Klein-Gordon, electromagnetic, and Dirac fields; gauge freedom; Feynman diagrams and rules, with applications to scattering cross sections and pair creation; renormalization, with applications to the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron and the Lamb shift.

COURSE DETAILS:

More advanced topics will be covered if time permits (see below).

TOPICS:
•    Relativistic field theories; Lagrangians and Hamiltonians; Noether’s theorem and symmetries; The transition to the quantum theory.
•    Canonical quantization of the Klein-Gordon field.
•    Quantization of the electromagnetic field: Gauge conditions and the restricted Fock space.
•    The Dirac field: Relativistic properties and quantization with anti-commutators.
•    Wick's theorem and perturbative scattering amplitudes.
•    Feynman diagrams and rules in QED; cross-sections etc.
•    QED in lowest order: Scattering; Particle-antiparticle pair creation.
•    Regularization and renormalization of QED at one-loop order; Anomalous magnetic moment of the electron.
•    Non-Abelian gauge theories and electroweak unification. Simple Higgs mechanisms.

Grading

  • TBA

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Recommended texts:
Quantum Field Theory by Mandl and Shaw

 

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