Quantum field theory 1

lphys2132  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Quantum field theory 1
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
10 credits
52.5 h + 7.5 h
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.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a.     Contribution of the teaching unit to the learning outcomes of the program (PHYS2M and PHYS2M1)
1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 8.1, 8.2.
b.    Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to :
1.     put the development of modern particle physics into a historical perspective ;
2.     quantize photon and electron fields ;
3.     compute elementary processes in quantum electrodynamics.
 
Content
Historical introduction
Relativity and quantum mechanics
Representations of the Lorentz group
Quantization of photon and electron fields
Quantum electrodynamics
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lecture, tutorials, integrative project.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

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 [60] in Physics

Master [120] in Physics