Course: Quantum Field Theory II

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Course title Quantum Field Theory II
Course code UF/TF009
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 8
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • LICHARD Peter, prof. Ing. DrSc.
Course content
Theory of interacting fields. Symmetry and the interaction Lagrangians; electromagnetic interactions of scalar and spinor particles, pion-nucleon interaction. Local gauge invariance. Dirac's picture, Moeller's operator. S and T operator, their matrix elements (case of the normalization to the final volume and that of the continuous momentum spectrum). Transition amplitude, decay rate, cross section. Perturbation expansion of the S operator, invariant perturbation method. Wick's theorem. Spinor electrodynamics. Amplitudes of the Compton's, Moeller´s and Bhabha´s scattering obtained from the invariant perturbation method. Feynman diagrams and rules. Processes with charged leptons of various types. Scalar electrodynamics. Electron-positron annihilation into two (point) pions. Feynman rules. Weak interactions in the lepton sector. Neutrinos, gauge bosons, the interaction Lagrangian. Parity violation. Lepton decay of the W boson, muon decay.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Students' self-study, Lectures, tutorial sessions, regularly assigned and evaluated home tasks.
Recommended literature
  • Formánek J. Úvod do relativistické kvantové mechaniky a kvantové teorie pole 1. Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2004. ISBN 80-246-0060-9.
  • Formánek J. Úvod do relativistické kvantové mechaniky a kvantové teorie pole 2a, 2b. Karolinum, 2000. ISBN 978-80-246-0063-5.
  • Guidry M. Gauge Field Theories. John Wiley & Sons, 1991. ISBN 047135385X.
  • Hořejší J. Fundamentals of Elektroweak Theory. Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2002. ISBN 8024606399.
  • Maggiore M. A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0198520743.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava Theoretical Physics (2) Physics courses 2 Summer