Study programme 2022-2023Français
Quantum Field Theory II
Programme component of Master's in Physics à la Faculty of Science

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-SCPHYS-136-MOptional UEBOULANGER NicolasS827 - Physique de l'Univers, Champs et Gravitation
  • BOULANGER Nicolas
  • SKVORTSOV Evgeny

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Anglais
Anglais, Français30000066.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-PHYS-038Quantum Field Theory II300000Q2100.00%

Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Master expertise.
    • Have developed the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous cycle to a level that extends beyond the Bachelor's course in Physics, and which provides the basis for the development and implementation of original ideas in a professional context.
    • Have acquired knowledge and a thorough understanding of specialist areas of physics in connection with mathematics and/or advanced laboratory practices required for these sectors.
    • Have reached a level of knowledge and skill giving them access to the third cycle of the study programme / doctoral studies (only for two-year Master courses).
  • Provide clear and accurate information.
    • Share their knowledge and findings clearly and back them up rationally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Grow personally and professionally.
    • Have developed the skills that will enable them to continue to acquire knowledge independently.
  • Have a creative and rigorous scientific approach
    • Apply their knowledge, understanding and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments and in multidisciplinary contexts related to physical sciences.

Learning Outcomes of UE

By the end of the course, the student should know the path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. He/she should know the 1-loop renormalisation of Quantum Electro-Dynamics (QED), the Ward-Takahashi identities and the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin (BRST) transformations in QED. The student should know the basics of renormalisation group and beta function.

UE Content: description and pedagogical relevance

Teaching in English.
Path integral formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Definition, gaussian approximation. Quantum Electro-Dynamics (QED). Feynmann diagrams in QED. Classification of the divergent diagrams at one loop. Regularisation and renormalisation. Renormalisation group, beta function. Dimensional regularisation.

Prior Experience

Quantum Field Theory I.

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face-to-face

Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-038M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, CUP

Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-038L. H. Ryder, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge U.P. (1996)

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

Term 2 Assessment - type

AAType(s) and mode(s) of Q2 assessment
  • Oral examination - Face-to-face
  • Oral presentation - Face-to-face

Term 2 Assessment - comments

AATerm 2 Assessment - comments
S-PHYS-038Continuous evaluation throughout the term, completed with a final, oral presentation

Term 3 Assessment - type

AAType(s) and mode(s) of Q3 assessment
  • Oral examination - Face-to-face
  • Oral presentation - Face-to-face

Term 3 Assessment - comments

AATerm 3 Assessment - comments
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de dernière mise à jour de la fiche ECTS par l'enseignant : 15/05/2022
Date de dernière génération automatique de la page : 03/02/2023
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