Quantum field theory 1

lphys2132a  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Quantum field theory 1
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
Q1
Language
English
Prerequisites
Having followed LPHYS1241, LPHYS1342 and LPHYS1231 is an asset.
Main themes


This teaching unit is an introduction to quantum field theory. After a historical introduction, the main focus lies on quantum electrodynamics.
Content
Historical introduction
Relativity and quantum mechanics
Representations of the Lorentz group
Quantization of photon and electron fields
Quantum electrodynamics
Teaching methods
Lecture, tutorials, integrative project.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam, partly based on the project report.
Bibliography
Notes sur la genèse de la théorie quantique des champs (1897-1947). //  Written notes on the genesis of quantum field theory (1897-1947).
Mandl and Shaw – Quantum Field Theory (Chapters 1 to 10).
Peskin and Schroeder – An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Part I).
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Physical Engineering