Quantum field theory 1

lphys2132  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Quantum field theory 1
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
10 credits
52.5 h + 7.5 h
Degrande Céline; Drewes Marco;
Having followed LPHYS1241, LPHYS1342 and LPHYS1231 is an asset.
Main themes

This teaching unit is an introduction to quantum field theory. After a historical introduction, the main focus lies on quantum electrodynamics.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a.     Contribution of the teaching unit to the learning outcomes of the program (PHYS2M and PHYS2M1)
1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 8.1, 8.2.
b.    Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to :
1.     put the development of modern particle physics into a historical perspective ;
2.     quantize photon and electron fields ;
3.     compute elementary processes in quantum electrodynamics.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Historical introduction
Relativity and quantum mechanics
Representations of the Lorentz group
Quantization of photon and electron fields
Quantum electrodynamics
Teaching methods
Lecture, tutorials, integrative project.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam, partly based on the project report.
Notes sur la genèse de la théorie quantique des champs (1897-1947). //  Written notes on the genesis of quantum field theory (1897-1947).
Mandl and Shaw – Quantum Field Theory (Chapters 1 to 10).
Peskin and Schroeder – An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Part I).
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Physics

Master [120] in Physics