29::248 Quantum Gauge Theories Syllabus
Fall Semester 2007
Instructor: Prof. Yannick Meurice
Coordinates
 Office:514 VAN
 Phone:3351991
 Email:yannickmeurice@uiowa.edu
 Web page:http://wwwhep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice
 Lectures: : 12:15P  1:30P TTh; Room 618, Van
Allen Building.
 Office Hours: Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday 9 :3010:30 AM.
Feel free to
schedule appointments at other times.
Course Content
The course is open to students who have taken Quantum Mechanics I and
II. It will be taught in such
a way that students who have not taken quantum field theory, will be
able to catch up.
I recommend that students who have not taken Quantum Field Theory read
the beginning chapters of Peskin and Shroeder's book "Quantum Field
Theory".
I intend to cover the following topics:
Review of the path integral formulation.
Gauge theories on the lattice and in the continuum.
Sigma models in
various dimensions.
Field theory at finite temperature.
Feynman rules for QED and QCD.
Experimental tests of perturbative calculations in QED.
Strong coupling expansion.
Classical solutions for nonabelian gauge theories.
Effect of instantons.
Lattice fermions.
Confinement of quarks and gluons.
Quarkgluon plasmas.
Chiral symmetry breaking.
Effective theories.
Textbooks
Main textbooks:
A. Polyakov, Gauge Fields and Strings, Harwood, 1987.
S. Coleman, Aspects of Symmetry, Cambridge, 1985.
J. Smit, Introduction to Quantum Fields on the
Lattice, Cambridge, 2000.
M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, Quantum Field Theory, Addison Wesley,
1995.
see also:
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, 1997.
N. Nagaosa, Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics, Springer,
1999.
S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields , Cambridge, 1994.
C. Itzykson and J.B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory, Mc Graw Hill,
1980.
R. Feynman and A. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals, Mc Graw
Hill, 1965
M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge, 2007.
Homeworks
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
There will be two inclass exams during the semester and one final exam
during the exam week. The final grade will be calculated in the
following way: 30 points for the homeworks, 40 points for the inclass
exams
and 30 points for the final exam.
Class Attendance
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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