The final exam is now ready, you can take it during any 24 hour period. Email me your desired start time.*
*Note: I will not be in constant contact, so for best results give me a day's notice.
Minor typo: Problem 3, argument of cos is kappa_0 phi_0
Instructor: Joe Polchinski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Web Site: http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/physics-221a-quantum-field-theory
Class: TTh 9:30-10:45 Phelps 3519
Office Hours: Usually T 2-3, W 1:30-2:30, Kohn (KITP) 2139, and by appointment. This may change from week to week due to conditions beyond my control, so check back here.
Textbook: Quantum Field Theory, Srednicki.
Homework: Weekly, due Wednesday at 5 at Ben Michel's mailbox, 1st floor Broida
Grader: Ben Michel, OH T 2:15-3:45 and W 12:30-1:30. Except for short questions I suggest you come to my office hour, Ben will have his hands full with the grad QM students.
Final exam: Take-home
Every QFT text has strengths and weaknesses, so it is useful to be familiar with several. Peskin & Schroeder andWeinberg are both good references: not as easy-reading as Srednicki, but more thorough on some of the more technical subjects. I have used Ramond and Ryder in the past as well - more at Srednicki's level, but drier.
Th 9/27: Ch. 1: What is QFT? Why QFT?
TTh 10/2,4: Ch. 2-4: Canonical quantization of free scalar, Lorentz invariance
TTh 10/9,11: Ch. 6-8: Path integral quantization
TTh 10/16,18: Ch. 8-10: Path integrals for free and interacting field theory
TTh 10/23, 25: Ch. 5,10,11: Scattering amplitudes and cross sections, LSZ (briefly). Also, ch. 12 dim. analysis, and ch. 13, spectral representation (briefly).
TTh 10/30, 11/1: Ch. 14,16: Loop calculations of propagator and vertex.
TTh 11/6, 8: Ch. 17-19: General loops and renormalizability. Ch. 22: Noether's theorem: symmetries
TTh 11/13, 15: Ch. 22-24: Symmetries
T 11/20: Ch. 27,28: Renormalization group
TTh 11/27, 29: Ch. 28,29: Renormalization group and effective field theory. Ch. 30-32 Spontaneous symmetry breaking.
TTh 12/4, 6: Special topics
Homework #2: Sred. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5. Due 10/10. Solutions #2