# RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS - 2018/9

Module code: MATM054

Module Overview

This module introduces the basic concepts and techniques of the Quantum Theory of Fields.

Module provider

Mathematics

Module Leader

TORRIELLI A Dr (Maths)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: F342

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAT3039 or PHY3044

Module content

Topics covered will include some or all of:

1 Preliminaries (1.5 weeks)

Summary of electromagnetism, without and with 4-vectors

Summary of relativistic invariance

Reminder of quantum harmonic oscillator. Second quantisation

The need for fields

2 Classical Fields (2.5 weeks)

Summary of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian, application to fields

Summary of Noether theorem and symmetries

Examples (real and complex scalars, vectors)

The Klein-Gordon equation

Spinorial representations of the Lorentz group

3 Canonical quantisation of free fields (2 weeks)

The real scalar field

Fock space

Green functions, retarded/advanced propagators

Locality, causality

4 Interacting fields (2 weeks)

Perturbation theory of phi^4

Wick's theorem

Feynman graphs and rules

Scattering: S-matrix, LSZ formula, Mandelstam variables, Fermi Golden rule

Infinities and renormalisation

5 Quantum electrodynamics (3 weeks)

Bosonic vs Fermionic statistics

Gamma matrices and Clifford algebras

Schroedinger-Pauli Hamiltonian

Dirac equation

CPT and all that

Famous tree-level QED processes

Gauge invariance: from abelian to non-abelian

Students intending to take the module are encouraged to contact the module coordinator at their earliest convenience for an informal discussion and introduction to the structure of the course, and for possible preliminary reading material if they wish to.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type | Unit of assessment | Weighting |
---|---|---|

Examination | EXAMINATION | 80 |

School-timetabled exam/test | CLASS TEST AND ASSESSED COURSEWORK (50 MINS) | 20 |

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Understanding of and ability to interpret and manipulate mathematical statements.

Subject knowledge through the recall of key postulates, theorems and their proofs.

Analytical ability through the solution of unseen problems in the exam and the analysis of slightly more advanced topics in the project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One two-hour examination (three out of four best answers contribute to the exam mark) at the end of the Semester; worth 80% of the module mark.

One one-hour in-semester test; worth 20% of the module mark.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive written feedback via a mid-Semester un-assessed coursework assignment. Students are encouraged to arrange meetings with the module coordinator for questions and verbal feedback on the weekly comprehension of the material throughout the entire duration of the course.

Module aims

- Introduce students to the mathematical description of relativistic quantum mechanics.
- Enable students to understand the foundations and basic tools of quantum field theory and their applications to the physical world.
- Illustrate standard applications of the theory of quantum fields.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed | ||
---|---|---|

001 | Have a firm understanding of the concepts, theorems and techniques of the quantum theory of fields. | KC |

002 | Have a clear understanding of how to apply the mathematical techniques to concrete physical examples (simple scattering processes between elementary particles, symmetry analysis of specific quantum field theories, spinorial calculus and the Dirac equation). | KT |

003 | Be able to explicitly derive the Feynman rules for simple toy-model systems. | KCT |

Attributes Developed

**C** - Cognitive/analytical

**K** - Subject knowledge

**T** - Transferable skills

**P** - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide:

A detailed introduction to the relevant theory and its tenets, and to the appropriate mathematical tools for their implementation

Experience (through demonstration) of the methods used to interpret, understand and solve concrete problems, especially for simple toy-model examples

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 x 1 hour lectures per week x 11 weeks, with black/whiteboard written notes to supplement the module notes and question/answer opportunities for students.

Support during the preparation of the mini group-project report and presentation.

A complete set of self-contained notes will be provided in advance to any topics to be treated.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/matm054

Programmes this module appears in

Programme | Semester | Classification | Qualifying conditions |
---|---|---|---|

Mathematics MSc | 2 | Optional | A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MPhys | 2 | Optional | A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MMath | 2 | Optional | A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module |

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.