Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

Physics 621, Fall 2009


Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Physics 621, Fall 2009
T, R: 12:20 - 14:15, Swain West 220
Instructor: Radovan Dermisek
office: Swain west 225
office hours: when I am in and by appointment
phone: (812) 856 6918

M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory
Chapters: 1-12, 22-24, 33-43, 45-48, 54-59
Errata and a prepublication draft of the text can be found at
Other useful books:

M. Peskin and R. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
L. Ryder, Quantum Field Theory
S. Weinberg, Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 1 & 2
P. Ramond, Field Theory: A Modern Primer
J.D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
J.D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Fields
C. Itzykson and J. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory
and many others
Notes: available in various formats below.
syllabus.pdf format presented in the class, not suitable for printing
syllabus_print_1.pdf white background, suitable for printing, 1 page/sheet
syllabus_print_2.pdf white background, suitable for printing, 2 pages/sheet
syllabus_print_4.pdf white background, suitable for printing, 4 pages/sheet
notes-1-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-1-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-1-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-2-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-2-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-2-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-3-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-3-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-3-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-4-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-4-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-4-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-5-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-5-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-5-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-6-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-6-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-6-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-7-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-7-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-7-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-8-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-8-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-8-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-9-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-9-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-9-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-10-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-10-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-10-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-11-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-11-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-11-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet
notes-12-1p.pdf 1 page/sheet
notes-12-2p.pdf 2 pages/sheet
notes-12-4p.pdf 4 pages/sheet

there will be assignments about every two weeks,
unless specified otherwise they will be due on exactly
one week after they are assigned (typically on Thursdays).
Late Assignments: Start work early on the assignment. Homework handed in
within 24 hours of time due will have 20% of the value of the assignment
subtracted. Homework handed in later will be accepted at the discretion
of the instructor and will be reduced in value by 40%.
homework_set-I-1.pdf homework set 1 due on Tuesday, September 22, 2:15pm
solutions solutions of J. Bennett
solutions solutions of E. Timko
homework_set-I-2.pdf homework set 2 due on Tuesday, October 13, 2:15pm
solutions solutions of J. Bennett
homework_set-I-3.pdf homework set 3 due on Thursday, October 29, 2:15pm
solutions solutions (except problem 2) of A. Schneider
solutions solution (of problem 2) of S. Dietrick (it is wrong by a factor of -3, but the method is correct, we will discuss it in the class)
homework_set-I-4.pdf homework set 4 due on Tuesday, November 17, 2:15pm
solutions solution of S. Dietrick
solutions solutions of E. Timko
homework_set-I-5.pdf homework set 5 due on Thursday, December 3, 2:15pm
solutions solutions of J. Bennett
solutions solutions of A. Schneider
there will be a take home exam assigned on Tuesday 2:15pm
and due on Thursday 2:15pm in the last week of classes.
Grading: 70% problem sets, 30% take home exam
Attendance: optional but highly recommended.
Academic honesty:

I encouradge you to discuss physics with your colleagues. It is an
excellent way to learn. You can also discuss homework assignments with
others in the class. However you are expected to write your own solutions.
You cannot discuss the final exam with anybody except the instructor.
Have Fun!!!