Master’s studies

Syllabus for Quantum Chromodynamics and Effective Field Theory

Kvantkromodynamik och effektiv fältteori


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA360
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2016
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits in science/engineering with Quantum Field Theory and Advanced Particle Physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • discuss the main aspects, assumptions and predictions of the theory of the strong interaction, in particular asymptotic freedom, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking
  • explain the concepts of scale separation and effective degrees of freedom and relate them to the general framework of effective field theories
  • analyse the symmetries of a system and account for their importance in the understanding of particle physics
  • relate the properties of quarks and gluons to the properties of their composite objects, the hadrons
  • calculate reaction and decay rates starting from a Lagrangian 


Lagrangians and symmetries, Noether currents, discrete symmetries; basics of quantum electrodynamics and weak theory, gauge symmetries; scattering theory, unitarity and analyticity, Feynman rules; concepts of perturbative and effective field theories; quantum chromodynamics (QCD), quarks and unitary groups, colour and gauge invariance, flavour symmetry, chiral symmetry, hadron classifications; introduction to lattice QCD; spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone bosons; chiral perturbation theory.


Lectures and classes.


Hand-in problems during the course.

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2016

Lecture notes handed out at the beginning of the course