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.

- Due October 22 (Solutions)
- Due November 3 (Solutions)
- Due November 17 (Solutions)
- Due December 1 (Solutions)
- Due December 18 (Solutions) This is not compulsory, but does give you extra credit.

- Due December 12. Download detailed instructions.
- Zip file with students projects

You may also want to use your favorite search engine to look for Quantum Field Theory Lecture Notes PDF.

I often consult my personal notes of Sidney Coleman's lectures. Brian Hill's notes of Coleman's course can be found in arXiv:1110.5013.

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.

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.