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Quantum Field Theory FYS610

The course gives an introduction to quantum field theory.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Physics

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should:

- understand basic concepts of quantum field theory such as free scalar, photon and fermion fields, scattering amplitudes and cross-sections

- be able to compute elementary scattering processes in quantum electrodynamics 

- have a rudimentary grasp of the standard model of particle physics

Basic concepts of QFT, 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, standard model, higgs mechanism
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 A - F None permitted

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Alexander Karl Rothkopf
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
6 hour of lectures and exercises per week.
Open for
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Course assessment
Use evaluation forms and/or conversation for students' evaluation of the course and teaching, according to current guidelines
The syllabus can be found in Leganto