PHYS 555, Theoretical Physics Track: Quantum Field Theory I

This MSc course offers the theoretical concepts, based on quantum mechanics and the special theory of relativity, needed to describe relativistic particles and their interactions. The course starts out with emphasis on providing the students with the Klein-Gordon and Dirac field equations, describing free scalar particles and fermions respectively, and their quantization. Mainly, Scalar Fields, Dirac fields, and  Electromagnetic fields. It is then shown how interactions can be included in perturbation theory and how they can be described through Feynman diagrams. These techniques are then applied mainly to calculate tree-level processes in quantum electrodynamics.

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