• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Susan Scott
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This is an advanced third year physics course. It develops theoretical aspects of physics and students will require a strong mathematical background to undertake this course. The General Relativity and Quantum Fields Theory build on the content of PHYS3001. Half of the course develops General Relativity. This is the accepted theory of gravity and is one of the major triumphs of theoretical physics. The full geometric structure underpinning the theory will be developed, leading to the Einstein Field equation and an in depth study of the Schwarzschild black hole. The other half of the course will examine relativistic quantum field theory, which is arguably the most far-reaching attempt to combine special relativity and quantum physics in a unique framework. We explain in this part of the course the origin of particles (why are all electrons identical?), forces (why same charge repel while gravitation is attractive?), antiparticles, and the Pauli principle. Both Feynman path integral formalism and canonical quantisation are used, leading to Klein-Gordon, Maxwell and Dirac equations. Feynman diagrams to describe interacting fields are also introduced.

This course is an honours pathway course and is primarily designed for students intending to do Honours in Physics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics or Mathematics.

Indicative Assessment

Examination 50%, assignments 50%.

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Three lectures and one tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS 3001.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7464 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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