Quantum Field Theory (FYS610)

The course gives an introduction to quantum field theory.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Basic concepts of quantum field theory, second quantization, free bosonic fields (scalars and photons), Lorentz symmetry and free fermionic fields, scattering amplitudes, Feynman diagrams, elementary scattering processes, elementary aspects of loop diagrams and renormalization, gauge symmetry, the Standard Model, Higgs mechanism.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should:

K: Understand the basic concepts of quantum field theory such as free scalar, photon and fermion fields, scattering amplitudes and cross-sections.

F: Be able to compute elementary scattering processes in quantum electrodynamics.

G: Have a rudimentary grasp of the Standard Model of particle physics.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS320 Quantum Mechanics

Recommended prerequisites

FYS330 Micro Physics, FYS500 Analytical Mechanics and Field Theory, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus, MAT300 Vector Analysis, MAT500 Mathematical Modelling


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Tomas Brauner

Head of Department:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours of lectures and exercises per week.

Open for

Robot Technology and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Master of Science Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Five Year Integrated Master's Degree Programme Offshore Technology - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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