Instructor:
Ana Achúcarro, Oort 269, ext. 5518,
email: achucar (at) lorentz.leidenuniv.nl
Teaching assistants:
Valeri Vardanyan, Oort 272, ext. 5515
email: Vardanyan (at) lorentz.leidenuniv.nl
Maksym Ovchinnikov, Huygens 124
email: Ovchynnikov (at) lorentz.leidenuniv.nl
Recommended literature:
(PS) M.E. Peskin and D.V. Schroeder, An introduction to
Quantum Field Theory, Addison-Wesley 1995
(T) D. Tong's Quantum Field Theory,
lecture notes
Also recommended
(vN) W.L.G.A.M. van Neerven's Quantum Field
Theory lecture notes,
reproduced with his permission.
(Z) A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University
Press 2003
(C) S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge University Press 1985
Timetable:
Lectures and problem sessions (werkcolleges) are mixed, on most Tuesdays at 9:00 - 10:45 and Thursdays 13:30 - 15:15 in room H226. There are exceptions so please check below for possible room and time changes. The problem sessions are interactive. The material covered in the problems constitutes an essential part of the programme.Office hours: to be determined directly with the students
Date | Contents (tentative - make sure to check again later). Version updated on October 29 |
7/9, 12/9, 14/9 | Introduction: effective field theories, classical and quantum. Relativistic (classical) field theory. Lagrangian formulation. An important example: the electromagnetic field. Gauge potential. Scalar fields (real, complex). (T 1.1). A first look at perturbations, scaling and renormalization. Mass dimension of fields and coupling constants. Relevant, marginal and irrelevant terms in the Effective lagrangian at low energies. |
19/9 | No class. Physics Science Day |
21/9 | Problem session. |
26/9, 28/9 | Symmetries and conservations laws. Classical symmetries, examples. Spacetime and internal symmetries. The Lorentz group. Active and passive transformations. Conserved charges/currents. Noether's theorem. Energy-momentum tensor (PS 2.1-2.2; PS 3.1; T 1.2, 1.3) |
3/10 | No class (Leidens Ontzet) |
5/10 | Problem session |
10/10, 12/10 | Spontaneous symmetry breaking. Landau Theory. Goldstone's theorem. (PS 11.1) Introduction to non-dissipative solutions (kinks, domain walls). |
17/10 | Lecture continued |
19/10 | Additional Question and Answer session (not compulsory) in room H 211/file:///Users/anaachucarro/Desktop/web%20interface/EFT2018.html214 |
24/10 | Midterm exam for extra credit |
26/10 | Problem session |
31/10 | Lecture cancelled. Alternative instructions have been sent by email. Higgs Mechanism (PS 20.1). Section 1 of these notes by M. Gabella, downloaded from his webpage, contains a useful introduction to non-abelian symmetries (unfortunately the figures are missing) |
2/11 | Non-dissipative solutions, continued. An introduction to vortices, magnetic monopoles and other topological defects. (C chapter 6, sections 1, 2.1 and 2.4). |
7/11 | Scattering. Another look at mass dimension, scaling and renormalization |
9/11 | Problem session. Note room change: Huygens 111 (confirmed) |
14/11 | Final review. Question and answer session. Fields, again. What next: from EFT to QFT. |
pdf files with the problems will be downloadable a few days before the problem sessions.
16/9 Problem set 1
27/9 Problem set 2 . Note: problem 2.2c of Peskin Schroeder is beyond the requirements for the course.
26/10 Problem set 3 . Note: deadline to hand in question 1 is extended to Friday Nov 10th
6/11 Problem set 4