    Course module   NWINM040B  Category   MA (Master)  Language of instruction   English  Offered by   Radboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur en Sterrenkunde;  Lecturer(s)     Academic year   2020   Period   KW1KW2  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021) 
 Starting block   KW1  
 Course mode   fulltime  
 Remarks     Registration using OSIRIS   Yes  Course open to students from other faculties   Yes  Preregistration   No  Waiting list   No  Placement procedure    
     
 The student has a good understanding of the fundamental aspects of quantum field theory in the canonical formulation
 The student is able to derive and use Feynman rules
 The student is familiar with the salient details of calculating radiative corrections within perturbation theory
 The student is familiar with the concept of gauge symmetries and its implications


This course provides an introduction to the modern concepts of quantum field theory, formulated in the canonical framework. Special attention is devoted to the explicit calculation of physical observables, like scattering crosssections and decay widths. It is shown how such calculations can be performed within perturbation theory by employing Feynman rules. The resulting higherorder perturbative corrections turn out to be infinite and therefore require a careful treatment. In this context it will be investigated whether the predictive power of the theory can be restored if the infinities are regularized properly.
A further aim of the course is to introduce the concept of local gauge symmetries, which plays a crucial role in the description of the interactions between fundamental particles. As an example it is shown how the electromagnetic interactions can be described by invoking the gauge principle and how the corresponding gauge symmetry enables us to get a handle on the infinities of the perturbative corrections.
Instructional Modes
17 lectures and 11 exercise classes



Basiclevel course for students who are interested in theoretical particle physics and quantum gravity.
The course is also of interest to students who are interested in experimental particle physics and want to obtain a solid theoretical background.

 Bachelor courses on Quantum Mechanics 
  


   Required materialsBookMichael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press 1995 


Instructional modesCourseAttendance Mandatory   Yes 
 Lecture
 Tutorial
 Zelfstudie

 TestsExamTest weight   1 
Test type   Exam 
Opportunities   Block KW2, Block KW3, Block KW4 


  
 
 