Phys 600C - Quantum Field Theory, Fall 2009, 2 credit hour seminar,
Mondays, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Physics Dept. seminar room, Jabara Hall
The text is "A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", by Michele Maggiore, Oxford (2005).
This is brief introduction to quantum field theory. I hope to cover
roughly material from Chapters 2 through 6 on relativistic fields and
their quantization. Another somewhat more advanced presentation of this
material is given in Chapters 2 through 5 of the popular graduate-level text,
"An Introduction to
Quantum Field Theory" by M. E. Peskin and D. V. Schroeder, Addison-Wesley (2005).
My aim is to derive (some of) the Feynman rules for
calculating scattering cross sections and decay rates for elementary particle
interactions and perform some introductory calculations with these rules
as a lead-in to Physics 675, Nuclear and Particle Physics, which will be
offered in Spring 2010 (likely text: "Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory
Course in Modern Particle Physics" by F. Halzen and A. D. Martin, Wiley (1984)).
Time permitting, I will try to say a little about renormalization, gauge
theories, and other matters.