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

6. Gauge invariance, the electromagnetic field and its coupling to charged fields. Quantized electromagnetic field. Massive vector field.

7. Discrete symmetries: P, C, T and CPT.

8. Interacting fields. Formal theory of relativistic scattering. Asymptotic states. Lippmann-Schwinger equation. S-matrix and its symmetries. S-matrix in perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams. Cross sections and decay-rates.

9. Fundamental interactions. Quantum electrodynamics. Electroweak interactions and the Higgs mechanism. Parity violation.

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Electrodynamics, Special relativity, Quantum Mechanics I and II

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

Exam: oral, consisting of one theoretical question and one exercise, picked randomly and for which the candidate is allowed a 30 minute preparation

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites
Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Prerequisite for Theoretical Physics

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

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8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
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Exercise, TP
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