- Code PHYS8302
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Theoretical Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Cedric Simenel
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
This course is a core component of a Master degree in Theoretical Physics. It is intended for an advanced study of the theory of quantum fields, including quantization of scalar and spinor fields, renormalized perturbation theory, Feynman diagrams, renormalization group and spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course also contains basics of the theory of non-abelian gauge fields, which describe strong interactions of elementary particles. The theory is developed in a systematic manner, incorporates methods of quantum mechanics, special and general relativity and provides various examples, ranging from basic classification of elementary particles to non-perturbative techniques in quantum field theory. The course therefore allows students to tie together and contextualise a number of concepts that they have learned throughout their undergraduate studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand quantization of scalar and spinor fields and the structure of quantum vacuum.
- Use functional integrals for perturbation theory in quantum field theory.
- Apply renormalization and regularization in quantum field theory.
- Understand of spontaneous symmetry breaking.
- Describe quantum electrodynamics and non-abelian gauge theories.
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of practical problems in quantum field theory, spanning from elementrary particle physics to modern theories of unified interactions.
- Communicate and explain concepts in quantum field theory to an audience of their peers.
- 6 quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- 4 assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final exam (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research topic presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
• Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
M.Peskin, D.Schroeder, ``An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", ISBN 0-201-50397-2
Classical and quantum mechanics, classical electrodynamics, mathematical methods in physics, elements of group theory.
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