PHYSICS 500-004 Fall 2003

    Instructor : Michael Gold
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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