## Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: Effective Field Theory, Quantum Theory.

## Description

Building on the courses Effective Field Theory and Quantum Theory, this is a first course in the Quantum Theory of Fields, which consistently unifies special relativity with quantum mechanics.

Topics:

• Quantum Mechanics from a Lagrangian perspective

• The path integral

• Spin and the Lorentz Group

• The Dirac Equation

• The theory of Quantum-ElectroDynamics

• Perturbation theory and elementary scattering processes

• Introduction to Renormalization, the renormallization group and the connection with critical phenomena

## Timetable

## Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials

## Assessment method

60% Problem assignments; 40% Written Final exam (must pass)

## Blackboard

Course material is on Blackboard.

To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

## Reading list

primary text books (required)

1. M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

2. R. Rattazzi: The Path Integral approach to Quantum Mechanics, http://itp.epfl.ch/webdav/site/itp/users/174685/private/RevisedLectureNotesV2.pdf

secondary text book (not required): M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.

## Contact

Contactdetails Teacher(s):Prof.dr.K. Schalm (Koenraad)