PHYS-757 / 1 credit
Teacher: Bossoney Simon
Remark: Postponed to Fall 2023
Presentation of Wightman's axiomatic framework to QFT as well as to the necessary mathematical objects to their understanding (Hilbert analysis, distributions, group representations,...). Proofs of the main mathematical consequences (CPT, spin-statistics, Reeh-Schlieder, Haag no-go).
Poincaré group. Lie algebra. Casimir invariants. Finite dimensional representations. Spinors. Unitary representations. Axiom W0
(Tempered) distributions. Definitions and their topology. Representations. convolution and Fourier transforms of distributions.
Fourier-Laplace transforms. Extension on analytical tubes. Edge-of-the-wedge theorem.
Extended tubes. Invariance under complex Poincaré group.
Axioms W1-W3. Analytical aspects of Wightman functions. Reconstruction-, Reeh-Schlider-, CPT- and spin & statistics theorems.
Haag's no-go theorem and his versions. Haag-Ruelle scattering theory. Asymptotic completeness. S-matrix.
The students will be invited to prove some aspects themselves during the exercises. They are hence expected to have followed
successfully all proposed mathematical option courses as well as lectures in QFT or QED of the masters curriculum.
QFT, distributions, Poincaré group, Wightman n-pont functions.
Quantum Mechanics 1-IV, QFT, Functionnal analysis
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- To have a mathematical rigourous understanding of the foundations of QFT
Streater & Wightman: "PCT, Spin, statistics and all that », Bogolubov & Logunov « General Principles of QFT"
Ressources en bibliothèque
In the programs
- Exam form: Oral (session free)
- Subject examined: Axiomatic Quantum Field Theory
- Lecture: 12 Hour(s)
- Exercises: 4 Hour(s)