Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Quantum field theory II

PHYS-432

Lecturer(s) :

Rattazzi Riccardo

Language:

English

Summary

The goal of the course is to introduce relativistic quantum field theory as the framework to describe fundamental interactions.

Content

1. Introduction

Conceptual foundations. Overview of particle physics. Units of measure in high energy physics.

2. Classical Field Theory

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation. Noether's theorem.

3. Symmetry Principles

Elements of group theory and group representations. Lie groups. Lie Algebras. Lorentz and Poincaré groups. Parity, time reversal and charge conjugation.

4. Free Quantum Fields
Canonical quantization. Creation and annihilation operators. Fock space. Free relativistic particles. Bosons and Fermions. Symmetries in the quantum theory. Causality.
5. Classification of quantum fields
Real and complex scalar fields. Spinor field. Quantized electromagnetic field. Massive vector field.
6. Interacting fields
Formal theory of relativistic scattering. Asymptotic states. Lippmann-Schwinger equation. S-matrix and Feynman diagrams. Cross sections and decay-rates.
7. Fundamental interactions
Quantum electrodynamics. The weak force and parity violation. The strong force. Overview of the Standard Model.


Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Electrodynamics, Special relativity, Quantum Mechanics I and II, Mathematical Physics strongly recommended

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra and exercises in class

Assessment methods

oral exam

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

In the programs

  • Applied Physics, 2017-2018, Master semester 2
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      Oral
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      Quantum field theory II
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Applied Physics, 2017-2018, Master semester 4
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      Oral
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      Quantum field theory II
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Physics - master program, 2017-2018, Master semester 2
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      Oral
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      Quantum field theory II
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Physics - master program, 2017-2018, Master semester 4
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      Oral
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      Quantum field theory II
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

MoTuWeThFr
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14 BSP233
14-15
15-16 BSP233
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
Lecture
Exercise, TP
Project, other

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