This teaching unit is an introduction to quantum field theory. After a historical introduction, the main focus lies on quantum electrodynamics.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
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.
Relativity and quantum mechanics
Representations of the Lorentz group
Quantization of photon and electron fields
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Lecture, tutorials, integrative project.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Oral exam, partly based on the project report.
Mandl and Shaw – Quantum Field Theory (Chapters 1 to 10).
Peskin and Schroeder – An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Part I).