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Module MA4445: Quantum Field Theory I

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Michaelmas term 2016-17
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Lecturer
Prof. Samson Shatashvili
Learning Outcomes
  • 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 Content
 
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 in a 2-hour examination in Trinity term.