Undergraduate Course: Quantum Field Theory (PHYS11065)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  This course is an introduction to perturbative relativistic quantum field theory, for scalars, fermions, and gauge fields, in both the canonical and path integral formulations. 
Course description 
The course begins with a review of relativistic wave equations. It introduces the Lagrangian formulation for classical fields and then discusses the canonical quantisation of free fields with spins 0, 1/2 and 1. An outline is given of perturbation theory for interacting fields and Feynman diagram methods for Quantum Electrodynamics are introduced. The course also introduces path integral methods in quantum field theory. This gives a better understanding of the quantisation of gauge theories and forms an essential tool for the understanding and development of the 'standard model' of particle physics. Topics include: Path integral formalism, Feynman rules, LSZ formalism, loop diagrams and regularisation and renormalization of divergencies.

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 44,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
103 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
100 %,
Coursework
0 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Degree examination, 100% 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   3:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Understand relativistic wave equations for spin 0, 1/2 and 1 fields
 Understand the particle interpretation, the Smatrix, and Wick's theorem
 Use the Feynman rules for QED, to compute elementary crosssections
 Understand the connection between the path integrals and the operator formalism
 Understand regularization and renormalization of divergences

Reading List
"Quantum Field Theory" (2nd Edition), F. Mandl, and G. Shaw (Wiley, 2010)
"Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, (Westview Press, 1995)
"The Quantum Theory of Fields", S. Weinberg (Cambridge, 2005)
"Quantum Field Theory," M. Srednicki, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
"Introduction to Gauge Field Theory'', D. Bailin and A. Love, Adam Hilger, 1986.
"Quantum Field Theory'', L.H. Ryder, Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  QFT,Quantum Field Theory 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Donal O'Connell
Tel:
Email: Donal.O'Connell@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mr Kieran Brodie
Tel:
Email: v1kbrodi@exseed.ed.ac.uk 

