RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS - 2021/2
Module code: MATM054
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This module introduces the basic concepts and techniques of the Quantum Theory of Fields.
TORRIELLI Alessandro (Maths)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F342
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
MAT3039 or PHY3044
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||One-hour in-semester test||20|
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.
- 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.
|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|
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Mathematics MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics MMath||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|
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