Quantum Field Theory 571

Winter 2018


David Kaplan


Natalie Klco


    Srednicki:  Quantum Field Theory

Recommended references -- best to read up on each topic in at least two books:

    Itzykson & Zuber:  Quantum Field Theory
    Peskin and Schroeder: An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    Ramond: Field Theory: A Modern Primer
    Brown: Quantum Field Theory
    Schwartz: Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model

To get to more advanced topics, nothing compares to:

    Coleman: Aspects of Symmetry (especially chapters "Secret Symmetry", "Uses of Instantons", and "Large N")

    There will be roughly 6-7 problem sets due this quarter.  To get CR for this course you have to have made a serious effort on at least 1/2 of the problems.  Those students requiring a grade, 100% of that grade will be based on performance on these problem sets, with the standard for a 2.0 being the same as for CR:  serious effort on at least 50% of the problems.

    You are unlikely to learn the subject unless you do the problems...and you are strongly encouraged to work and discuss together.

Office hours:
    Office hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30

  1.     Problem set #1 - Due Thursday, January 11
  2.     Problem set #2 - Due Thursday, February 1
  3.     Problem set #3 - Due Thursday, February 15
  4.     Problem set #4 - Due Thursday, March 1
  5.     Problem set #5 - Due Friday, March 9  


  1.     Solution set #1
  2.     Solution set #2
  3.     Solution set #3
  4.     Solution set #4
  5.     Solution set #5


  1. Dynamical symmetry breaking note (NJL model)
  2. Notes on (g-2) calculation
  3. Notes on Fujikawa's derivation of the anomaly
  4. General discussion of anomalies