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Effective Field Theory


Admission Requirements

Some knowledge of Relativistic Electrodynamics is desirable.


This course is a brief introduction to common concepts in classical field theory used throughout theoretical physics in cosmology, elementary particle and condensed matter physics.


  • Symmetries and conservation laws

  • Spontaneous symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons

  • Renormalization

  • Perturbation theory

  • Scattering

Course objectives

A basic understanding of the topics listed above, including the ability to do computations of the most important effects.


Physics Schedule
For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

Mode of instruction

Zie Brightspace

Assessment method

To be discussed with the students. Most likely, a written exam supplemented by other means of evaluation


Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis

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Reading list

K. Huang: Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals, Wiley D. Tong’s Quantum Field Theory lecture notes P. van Baal: A course in Field Theory, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis 2013. W.L.G.A.M. van Neerven’s Quantum Field Theory lecture notes, reproduced with his permission. A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press 2003 S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge University Press 1985


Lecturer: Dr. S.P. Patil