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.
A basic understanding of the topics listed below, including the ability to do computations of the most important effects:
Review of Classical Field Theory
Quantization of Free Fields: canonical quantization
Interacting Fields: scattering and Feynman rules
Fermions: Lorentz Group, Dirac equation, spin
The theory of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED): scattering processes and Feynman rules
Mode of instruction
A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:
- 136 hours - 38 hours spent on attending lectures and work sessions - 98 hours of time spent for studying the compulsory literature and reference books, for completing problem sets and preparing for the final exam.
100% of the grade based on the final exam
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Primary text book (required):
M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995. (we will cover the first 5 chapters).
Additional reading material will be shared via Brightspace
Assistant(s): [Alice Garoffolo] (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/medewerkers/alice-garoffolo#tab-1) [Tereza Vakhtel