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Module MA4446: Quantum Field Theory II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2014-15
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof. Samson Shatashvili
Learning Outcomes
Module Content
  • Feynman diagram formalism for scalar ɸ⁴theory;
  • Feynman rules for Quantum Electrodynamics (QED);
  • Elementary processes of QED;
  • S-matrix: Scattering and decay;
  • Trace technology;
  • Crossing symmetry;
  • Radiative corrections: Infrared and Ultraviolet divergencies, Loop computations, LSZ reduction formula, Optical theorem, Ward-Takahashi identities;
  • Renormalization of electric charge;
Module Prerequisite
MA4445 - Quantum Field Theory I
Recommended Reading
  • Steven Weinberg,The quantum theory of fields. Vol. 1; Foundations, Cambridge University Press (1995);
  • N.N. Bogoliubov and D.V. Shirkov, Introduction to the theory of quantized fields, John Wiley & Sons (1959);
  • Francis Halzen and Alan D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics, Wiley (1984);
  • James D. Bjorken, Sidney D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, (International Series in Pure & Applied P), McGraw-Hill College (1965)
Assessment Detail
This module will be examined in a 2-hour examination in Trinity term.