Advanced Quantum Field Theory - Material for the year 2019-2020

2019-2020
External Lecturer(s): 
Dr Lucian Harland Lang
General Prerequisites: 

Prequel/pre-requisite: Quantum Field Theory (MT)

Course Term: 
Hilary
Course Weight: 
1.50 unit(s)

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

24 lectures.
Areas: PT.
Sequels: The Standard Model (TT), Beyond the Standard Model (TT)
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Course Synopsis: 

Scalar QED: local gauge symmetry, path integrals, photon propagator, derivation of Feynman rules, radiative corrections. Fermions: spinors, Dirac equation, fermion propagator, derivation of Feynman rules, trace theorems and spinor technology. QED: symmetries and Feynman rules, scattering processes, radiative corrections and beta function. QCD and non-abelian gauge theory: introduction, gauge-fixing, Feynman rules, scattering processes, radiative corrections and beta function, BRST. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: global symmetries, abelian gauge symmetry, non-abelian gauge symmetry. The Standard Model: electroweak symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism, brief overview of particle content and interactions.