Prerequisites: Effective Field Theory, Quantum Theory.
Building on the courses Effective Field Theory and Quantum Theory, this is a first course in the Quantum Theory of Fields, which allows particle creation and annihilation and can also consistently unify special relativity with quantum mechanics.
Quantum Mechanics from a Lagrangian perspective
The path integral
Spin and the Lorentz Group
The Dirac Equation
The theory of Quantum-ElectroDynamics
Perturbation theory and elementary scattering processes
Regularization and Renormalization
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Mode of instruction
There will be seven weekly problem assignments due one week after hand-out.
The final grade will be composed as follows:
60% Problem assignments (without counting the lowest grade)
40% Final exam (but you must pass the Final to pass the course)
The final exam date is a two-day take-home exam.
M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
R. Rattazzi: The Path Integral approach to Quantum Mechanics, http://itp.epfl.ch/webdav/site/itp/users/174685/private/RevisedLectureNotesV2.pdf Recommended:
M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.
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Lecturer Prof.dr. K.E. Schalm