Mayer Hall 5301
Monday and Wednesday, 12:30- 1:50
There will be a homework assigned every 2 weeks (approximately)
There will be a final project or take home exam
Grade will be a combination of 60% homework, 30% final project/exam, 10% participation
Tuesday & Wednesday: 3pm
With: Prof. Grinstein
Mayer Hall 5230
Office hours will continue until the earlier of 4pm or all students leaving
Additional office hours will be arranged upon request
From the UCSD course catalogue: The first quarter of a three-quarter course on field theory and elementary particle physics. Topics covered include the relation between symmetries and conservation laws, the calculation of cross sections and reaction rates, covariant perturbation theory, and quantum electrodynamics. It is unlikely that we will cover Quantum Electrodynamics in this 10 week course.
Why do we need QFT? Pair production. Klein's Paradox. Bohr's Box. Causality. Units and conventions.
From Poisson brackets to commutators. Creation and annihilation operators. Fock Space.
Continuous symmetries: Noether's theorem, conserved charges as generators, spacetime and internal symmetries, abelian and nonabelian symmetry groups. Discrete symmetries: review of antilinear and antiunitary operators; C, P and T; CPT theorem.
Real scalar field coupled to external localized source. S-matrix. Phase space. Evolution operator and Interaction Picture. Wick's Theorem. Time-ordered products.
Kallen-Leehmann spectral representation. LSZ reduction. Perturbation theory. Feynman graphs. Cross section. Generating functions.
Distinguished Professor of Physics
Prof . Grinstein is a Theoretical Physicist. His main research interests are in the areas of particle physics and cosmology. Learn more about his recent work on his website.