Quantum Field Theory I
The Course Syllabus is available here.
The course will follow the textbook Quantum Field Theory by Mark Srednicki. My goal is to cover chapters 1-14, 22, 33-48, 54-59, and then as much of the skipped-over chapters as we can.
Late homeworks will be accepted by pre-arrangement, with good reason, or within 2 days at a 25% reduction of the grade. I cannot accept homeworks after the solutions are posted.
The course grade will be based entirely on the homeworks. You can work with each other and ask each other questions; you can also ask me questions, and I encourage you to corner me, especially as a group if you find you have a question you are all confused about.
Notes (another book!) on Lehmann-Kallen form of the propagator and on LSZ reduction formula
|5 September||What Is QFT?||Chapter 1|
|10 September||Lorentz symmetry, representations||Chapter 2, 33|
|12 September||Finish Lorentz||Chapter 33|
|17 September||Free Field Theory||Chapter 3|
|19 September||Lehmann representation||Chapter 13 and these notes|
|24 September||LSZ reduction, cross-section||Chapter 5, 11, these notes|
|26 September||Path Integrals I||Rest of Chapter 6,7|
|1 October||Path Integrals II||Chapter 8,9|
|3 October||Amplitudes, Feynman rules||Chapter 10|
|10 October||Loop-level, exact propagator||Chapters 12-15|
|15 October||Continuous symmetries||Chapter 22|
|17 October||Spinor fields||Chapter 34|
|22 October||Spinors II||Chapter 35,36|
|24 October||Spinors III||Chapter 36,37|
|29 October||Spinors IV||Chapter 38,39|
|31 October||SLZ, propagator again||Chapter 41,42|
|5 November||Fermionic path integral||Chapter 43,44|
|7 November||Fermionic path integral||Chapter 43,44|
|12 November||Fermionic Feynman rules||Chapter 45,49|
|14 November||Scattering in Yukawa theory||Chapter 46-48|
|19 November||Mandelstam variables, Dirac traces||Chapter 11,46-48|
|21 November||Loop counting, divergent subgraphs||Chapter 12-14|
|26 November||Handling divergences in loops||Chapter 16, 17,18|
|28 November||Renormalization, particle widths||Chapter 14,15,25|
|3 December||Gauge theory, QED||Chapters 54-57|
|5 December||QED, external photons||Chapter 56-59|
Peskin and Schroder is a standard in the field. The metric choice is different, so is the emphasis. It's good to have especially if you intend to do phenomenology or QCD.
Ryder's book is a slightly less advanced text which many people like but which I don't know well myself.
Zinn-Justin is the bible of Quantum Field Theory but is much more formal than I intend to be in our class. Buy it if you intend to take Quantum Field Theory really seriously but not if you are on a tight budget.
Steven Weinberg's book is a place to go if you want everything spelled out in complete detail, but not if you want clear expository explanations. It is a reference, not really a textbook.
(last updated 7 Aug 2012)