Introduction to the course Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

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Curriculum Vitae of Yong Zhang

2011/12—present,  Associate Professor

School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, China

Education Background

2000/10 - 2003/10,Ph.D., Theoretical Physics

Institute for Theoretical Physics,  University of Leipzig,  Germany

 

1997/09 - 2000/07,  M.S., Theoretical Physics

Institute for Theoretical Physics,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

1993/09 - 1997/07, B.S.,  Computer Science and its Application

Department of Applied Mathematics, Chengdu University of Technology

Work Experience

2011/03 -05,09-11,  Visiting Researcher

Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

2009/04 -07,  Visiting Researcher     

Center for High Energy Physics, Peking University, China

 

2008/07 -2009/03,Visiting Researcher

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,

University of Central Florida, USA

 

2007/01 -2008/06,Visiting Researcher 

Department of Physics, University of Utah,  USA

 

2006/05 -12,   Visiting Researcher         

Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, China

 

2003/04, 2004/11,  Visiting Researcher        

Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES), France 

 

2004/04 -2006/04,   Postdoctoral Associate

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

2003/11 -2004/03, Visiting Researcher

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

 

   Brief Introduction to the Course:

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

1.  Course Code:   0700925

2.  Course NameIntroduction to Quantum Field Theory)

3.  Course Student:    Hongyi;   Base;   Physics;

4.  Couse Credit Hours:    3

5.  Course Term Sixth

6.  Instructor:  Yong Zhang,  Associate Professor,Ph.D.

7.  Course Introduction: 

 

     Quantum Field Theory is a fundamental theory in modern theoretical physics, and it is widely exploited to describe theoretical and phenomenological topics of High Energy Physics,  theoretical topics in Condense Matter Physics,  important topics in Mathematical Physics,  and topics in other research fields.  As a Major Elective course on fundamental theory, it is devised for excellent advanced undergraduate students.   

 

   Quantum Field Theory is usually understood as quantization of classical field theory. In the viewpoint of fundamental principles, it is a sort of combination of both Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Its mathematical form is the reformulation of the Lagrangian (Hamiltonian) form of Classical Mechanics in terms of the operator language. In the viewpoint of physical models, it is understood as a generalization from quantum many-particle system to quantum system with either unfixed number of particles or infinity number of degrees of freedom.

 

    Through the course, students will be able to understand both fundamental concepts and mathematical formalism of quantum field theory.  This course will offer students an opportunity to revisit what they have learnt before, for examples, Special Relativity, Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics, and learn prior knowledge for their continuous exploration on various topics of modern quantum field theory.

 

    The teaching consists of two parts. In the first part, the scalar field theory will be the focus, and its canonical quantization, symmetries and conservation laws, interacting fields and scattering theory will be presented in detail. The second part is a kind of review and application of the first one. After the canonical quantization of the Dirac spinor field and Maxwell vector field, quantum electrodynamics will be briefly introduced.  

 

   Through the course, students will be acquainted with the canonical quantization of quantum fields, and know well the scattering theory, in particular, calculation in terms of Feynman diagrams in the perturbative approach to interacting fields.  

 

 

8.  Practice or Auxiliary Activities:    None             

9. Final Evaluation:    Homeworks(50%)+  Exams(50%)

10.Teaching Materials :    Lecture notes chosen or written by the instructor   

 

11. Main References and Internet References

 

1. Online lecture notes on quantum field theory by Michael Luke in University Toronto, Canada

    http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~luke/PHY2403/Homepage.html

2. Online lecture notes on quantum field theory by Sidney Coleman in University Harvard, USA

 https://www.physics.harvard.edu/events/videos/Phys253

3. Online lecture notes on quantum field theory by David Tong in University Cambridge, UK

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft.html

4.  Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder,

An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, World Scientific, 2006-1-1

 


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