Meets Tuesdays 4:00-14:50, Room 5

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory: A Guided Self-Study

Quantum Field theory is the marriage of special relativity and quantum mechanics. When Dirac wrote down his famous equation, he was trying to invent a quantum mechanics of the relativistic electron, but he got much more than he bargained for-- not a single particle theory, but a new world where electrons (and positrons) are excitations of an underlying quantum field.

This course is intended to be an introduction for students with a solid background in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Necessary elements of special relativity and the Lorentz group will be discussed. The course is intended to be a "guided self-study", working through the first third of the widely used text "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", by Peskin and Schroeder . The book covers everything a particle experimentalist needs to know and more (for the theorists) in a thoroughly modern presentation. The first five chapters will bring us to the elementary processes of quantum electrodynamics. We will also invite guest lecturers from both inside and outside the department.

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- PHYSICS LINKS
- all about High Energy Physics
- Discovery of the top quark
- The Big Bang
- Violence in the Cosmos
- Hubble Space Telescope
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN)
- Superstring theory
- REFERENCE MATERIALS

Last modified: August, 2003