29::248 Quantum Gauge Theories Syllabus
Fall Semester 2013
Instructor: Prof. Yannick Meurice
- Office:514 VAN
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice
- Lectures: 9:30A - 10:45A MW 358 Van Allen Building.
- Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00AM-noon. Feel
free to schedule appointments at other times.
The course is open to graduate students who have taken Quantum
Mechanics I and II and undergraduate students who have taken
29:140-29:141. Students who have not taken Quantum Field
Theory before should read chapters 2 and 3 in Peskin and
Schroeder's book ``Quantum Field Theory" or another textbook
covering the Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields. The grade will be
based on homework assignments given every two weeks and an
individual project resulting in a short paper and a presentation. A
proposal for the project
should be submitted by October 15 and a draft of the paper before
The standard model of the electroweak and strong interactions of
quarks and leptons is one the most remarkable accomplishment
of all times in Physics. The last decades have witnessed spectacular
experimental confirmations of the predictions of the standard model.
The W and Z bosons, top quark and the Brout-Englert-Higgs
boson were discovered experimentally in the windows allowed by
radiative corrections. The course will cover the following topics:
- Review of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac fields
- Quantum Electrodynamics (QED)
- Representations of unitary groups
- Realizations of chiral symmetry
- The Lagrangian of the standard model
- Perturbative quantization of gauge theories
- Asymptotic freedom
- The Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism
- Quark confinement
- Precision tests of the standard model
- Nonperturbative methods
- Emerging symmetries
M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, Quantum Field Theory, Addison
The Particle Data Group
C. Itzykson and J.B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory, Dover, 1980.
C. Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak and Electromagnetic
Interactions, Benjamin Cummings, 1983.
Xiao-Gang Wen, Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems, Oxford,
T. DeGrand and C. DeTar, Lattice Methods for QCD, World Scientific,
A. Polyakov, Gauge Fields and Strings, Harwood, 1987.
S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge, 1985.
J. Smit, Introduction to Quantum Fields on the Lattice,
M. Creutz, Quarks, Gluons and Lattices, Cambridge, 1983
M. Le Bellac, Thermal Field Theory, Cambridge, 1996
H. Rothe, Lattice Gauge Theories, World Scientific, 1997
E. Fradkin, Field Theories of Condensed Matter Systems,
Addison Wesley, 1991.
I. Montvay and G. Munster, Quantum Field on a Lattice, Cambridge,
N. Nagaosa, Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics,
S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields , Cambridge, 1994.
R. Feynman and A. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals, Mc
Graw Hill, 1965
M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge, 2007.
A reading assignment and a problem set will be provided every two
weeks during the class. Assignments will be handed in class.
Examinations and Final Grade
The grade will be based on homework assignments given typically
every two weeks (60 percent) and an individual project resulting in
a short paper and a presentation (40 percent).
Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required. You
are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures. There
are no ``stupid questions''.
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