Quantum Field Theory
Level: First year graduate student
Recommended prerequisites: Quantum mechanics, special relativity, classical mechanics, all at the upper-division undergraduate level.
An introduction to and introduction of quantum field theory. This course
will cover what would typically be covered in the first course of a year
long sequence of courses at a university. At the end of this course, one
should be able to understand the field content of a Lagrangian, understand
the interactions dictated by the theory, and calculate tree level
processes of the theory.
Course topic lecture plan:
1. Free scalar and fermion fields in QFT.
2. Interactions and tree level matrix elements.
3. Feynman diagrams and scatter processes.
4. Vector fields, gauge symmetries, and path integral formulations.