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Undergraduate Course: Quantum Field Theory (PHYS11065)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to perturbative relativistic quantum field theory, for scalars, fermions, and gauge fields, in both the canonical and path integral formulations.
Course description The course begins with a review of relativistic wave equations. It introduces the Lagrangian formulation for classical fields and then discusses the canonical quantisation of free fields with spins 0, 1/2 and 1. An outline is given of perturbation theory for interacting fields and Feynman diagram methods for Quantum Electrodynamics are introduced. The course also introduces path integral methods in quantum field theory. This gives a better understanding of the quantisation of gauge theories and forms an essential tool for the understanding and development of the 'standard model' of particle physics. Topics include: Path integral formalism, Feynman rules, LSZ formalism, loop diagrams and regularisation and renormalization of divergencies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Lagrangian Dynamics (PHYS10015) AND Methods of Mathematical Physics (PHYS10034) AND Quantum Theory (PHYS11019) AND Classical Electrodynamics (PHYS11045) AND Symmetries of Quantum Mechanics (PHYS10083)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 103 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree examination, 100%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand relativistic wave equations for spin 0, 1/2 and 1 fields
  2. Understand the particle interpretation, the S-matrix, and Wick's theorem
  3. Use the Feynman rules for QED, to compute elementary cross-sections
  4. Understand the connection between the path integrals and the operator formalism
  5. Understand regularization and renormalization of divergences
Reading List
"Quantum Field Theory" (2nd Edition), F. Mandl, and G. Shaw (Wiley, 2010)
"Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, (Westview Press, 1995)
"The Quantum Theory of Fields", S. Weinberg (Cambridge, 2005)
"Quantum Field Theory," M. Srednicki, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
"Introduction to Gauge Field Theory'', D. Bailin and A. Love, Adam Hilger, 1986.
"Quantum Field Theory'', L.H. Ryder, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsQFT,Quantum Field Theory
Course organiserProf Richard Ball
Tel: (0131 6)50 5248
Course secretaryDr Hilal Kaya
Tel: (0131 6)68 8261
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