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Module MA4445: Quantum field theory I

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Michaelmas term 2012-13
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof. Sergey Frolov
Learning Outcomes
Module Content
  • Noether's theorem, the Klein-Gordon field and its quantisation;
  • The Dirac field and its quantisation;
  • Quantisation of constrained systems;
  • The Maxwell field and its quantisation;
  • Perturbation theory, Wick's theorem, Feynman diagrams, S-matrix
Module Prerequisite
MA3442 - Quantum Mechanics I (recommended MA3444 Statistical Physics II)
Required Reading

Michael E. Pesking and Daniel V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press

For constrained systems, see;

Chapter 3 of L.D. Faddeev and A.A. Slavnov, Gauge Fields: Introduction to Quantum Theory, and Mark Henneaux an dClaudio Teitelboim, Quantization of Gauge Systems, and read my notes, Quantization of electromagnetic field.

Recommended Reading

See the list - Quantum Field Theory Textbooks

Assessment Detail

This module will be examined jointly with MA4446 in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term, except that those taking just one of the two modules will have a 2 hour examination.