This course is taught as part of the
University of London
Intercollegiate Physics MSci programme.

Lectures will be held at University College in room UCL Physics A1 on**Fridays from 10am - 1pm:**

First lecture: 14 January // Final lecture: 25 March

If you do not know how to get to the classroom consult the Intercollegiate Physics MSci webpage.

Syllabus:

The lecture notes of my previous course, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (RQM), have some overlap with the material covered in RWQF and can be found here pdf .

__Office
Hours:__
by appointment (email: a.brandhuber@qmul.ac.uk)

My office is in Physics 214 at QMUL.

__Teaching Term and Class
Location:__

Lectures will be held at University College in room UCL Physics A1 on

First lecture: 14 January // Final lecture: 25 March

If you do not know how to get to the classroom consult the Intercollegiate Physics MSci webpage.

__Aims and Objectives:__

Aims:

Syllabus:

Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity (part revision): (~ 6 hours)

Schroedinger equation,
wavefunctions, operators/observables, symmetries and conservation laws
in QM; short introduction to Special Relativity: 4-vector notation,
Lorentz transformations (LT), Lorentz invariance/covariance, LT of the
electromagnetic field

Relativistic Wave equations: (~ 9 hours)

Klein-Gordon equation and probability density; Dirac equation,
covariance and probability density, non-relativistic limit, spin,
Feynman notation, plane wave solutions, Lorentz transformations of
plane wave solutions; hole theory and anti-particles, vacuum
polarisation; discrete symmetries: C & P & T symmetry and their
relevance for electromagnetic and weak interactions, Dirac covariants;
wave equations for massless fermions, neutrinos; Feynman interpretation
of the Klein-Gordon equation; Dirac equation in an electromagnetic
field, magnetic moment of electron, relativistic spectrum of Hydrogen
atom.

Quantum Field Theory: (~ 18 hours)

Classical field theory, Noether theorem, stress-energy tensor,
symmetries and conserved currents; canonical quantisation of the
Klein-Gordon field, creation and annihilation operators, vacuum
energy, Casimir effect; quantisation of Dirac fermions, spin-statistics
connection; commutators and time ordered products, the
Feynman propagator; Dyson expansion; S-matrix, scattering amplitudes,
transition rates; cross sections; Phi^4 theory scattering amplitude; decay
rates of unstable particles; Wick's theorem and its application to
perturbation theory, Feynman rules; quantisation of the electromagnetic
field and Gupta-Bleuler formalism; interaction with the electron; Feynman
rules & calculation of various scattering processes: Compton,
electron-electron, electron-positron; spin sums & cross sections.

__Lecture Notes:__

The lecture notes of my previous course, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (RQM), have some overlap with the material covered in RWQF and can be found here pdf .

__Assessment:__

Written **examination** of 2 1/2 hours
contributing 90% and **coursework**
contributing 10%

__Coursework:__

During the
semester eight homework assignments will be given. The
homeworks will
be posted on the webpage every Friday and are due
**two weeks** later (I collect them in the Friday lecture).

**Late assignments will be marked to zero, unless you have medical
or other valid reasons.**

**Assignment 1:**
pdf
(issued 14/1/2011, hand in by 28/1/2011)
solution

**Assignment 2:**
pdf
(issued 21/1/2011, hand in by 4/2/2011)
solution

**Assignment 3:**
pdf
(issued 28/1/2011, hand in by 11/2/2011)
solution

**Assignment 4:**
pdf
(issued 4/2/2011, hand in by 18/2/2011)
solution

**Assignment 5:**
pdf
(issued 11/2/2011, hand in by 25/2/2011)
solution

**Assignment 6:**
pdf
(issued 18/2/2011, hand in by 4/3/2011)
solution part
1
2
3
4
5

**Assignment 7:**
pdf
(issued 25/2/2011, hand in by 11/3/2011)
solution

**Assignment 8:**
pdf
(issued 4/3/2011, hand in by 25/3/2011) solution part
1
2
3

My office is in Physics 214 at QMUL.

Exam:

Past exam papers: 2007,
2008,
2009,
2010

The exam paper will be accompanied by the following
formula sheet.

__Recommended Books:
__

__A list of good books relevant for the course:__

I.J. Aitchison & A.J. Hey, "Gauge theories in particle physics: Volume 1: From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED", 3rd Edition, Taylor & Francis Adam Hilger. (a good introductory book, contains nice discussion of gauge invariance)

J. Bjorken and S. Drell,
"Relativistic quantum mechanics" and
"Relativistic quantum fields", McGraw-Hill. (an old but reliable
source, in particular the first book is relevant to the first part
of my course)

L.H. Ryder, "Quantum Field
Theory", Cambridge University Press. (A nice and very pedagocical book,
Chapters 1-6 are relevant for our course.)

M.E. Peskin and
D.V. Schroeder, "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory",
Addison-Wesley.

(Very good book, which covers much more material than the course. This
is THE book you should buy, if you have money for only one book on the
subject and you are more serious about theoretical particle physics
and/or
phenomenology.)

S. Weinberg, "The Quantum Theory of Fields" in 3 Volumes., Cambridge University Press. (Advanced book on Quantum Field Theory from a Nobel laureate. Probably overwhelming for a first QFT book. The first chapters of the first volume are relevant for the course.)

C. Itzykson and J.-B. Zuber, "Quantum Field Theory", (Another classic but less pedagogical than Peskin-Schroeder; in particular Sections 1, 2 & 3 have a lot of overlap with the course.)

F. Mandl, "Quantum mechanics", J Wiley.

W. Greiner, "Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: Wave Equations", Springer-Verlag. (Contains many examples and exercises worked through explicitly.)