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Quantum Field Theory


Admission Requirements

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 consistently unifies special relativity with quantum mechanics, and allows the description of many simultaneously quantized excitations.

Course Objectives

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

  • 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


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Weekly Lectures
Bi-weekly work sessions with associated problem sets.

Assessment method

Attendance of at least 70% of the work sessions and an overall grade of 6/10 in the homework assignments will provide a 1 point bonus to be added to the grade of the exam only after you have reached 5/10.

100% of the grade based on the final exam, including the possible bonus point from above.

Only the final exam can be retaken.


Course material including homework asssigments are also available on Blackboard..
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

Primary text book (required):
M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.


Lecturer Dr.Alessandra Silvestri