Quantum Field Theory

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1SV037

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Physics A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 6 November 2007
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

120 credits with 60 credits physics, or equivalent, including Quantum mechanics MN2 or Quantum mechanics advanced course, Relativistic quantum mechanics MN1 or equivalent course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should master the mathematical tools that are used for describing systems of identical particles and processes where such particles are created or annihilated;Should understand the connection between symmetries and constants of the motion, should be able to write down the expression for the scattering amplitude in perturbation theory and should be able to calculate this expression in lowest order, should also be able to calculate widths for simple decays, and have an idea about the renormalisation concept.


Second quantisation. Creation and annihilation operators for Bose and Fermi particles. Field operators. Observables. S-matrix. Perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams. Renormalisation.Applications: coherent states, interaction between photons and non-relativistic credits electrodynamics. Weak and electromagnetic decays.


Lectures and classes.


Hand-in problems during the course. The mark obtained depends on the quality of presented solutions. For the mark 5 the student should be able to solve the problems without help and in that process show good knowledge of the theory. If the solutions show holes in the understanding the mark given is 4. If the student needs substantial help to solve the problems the mark 3 might be obtained.