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Tong - Quantum Field Theory, Lecture Notes

Tong - Quantum Field Theory, Lecture Notes

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Preprint typeset in JHEP style - HYPER VERSION
Michaelmas Term, 2006 and 2007
Quantum Field Theory
University of Cambridge Part III Mathematical Tripos
Dr David Tong
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,Centre for Mathematical Sciences,Wilberforce Road,Cambridge, CB3 OWA, UK 
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft.html
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Recommended Books and Resources
M. Peskin and D. Schroeder,
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory 
This is a very clear and comprehensive book, covering everything in this course at theright level. It will also cover everything in the “Advanced Quantum Field Theory”course, much of the “Standard Model” course, and will serve you well if you go on todo research. To a large extent, our course will follow the first section of this book.There is a vast array of further Quantum Field Theory texts, many of them withredeeming features. Here I mention a few very different ones.
S. Weinberg,
The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol 1
This is the first in a three volume series by one of the masters of quantum field theory.It takes a unique route to through the subject, focussing initially on particles ratherthan fields. The second volume covers material lectured in “AQFT”.
L. Ryder,
Quantum Field Theory 
This elementary text has a nice discussion of much of the material in this course.
A. Zee,
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell 
This is charming book, where emphasis is placed on physical understanding and theauthor isn’t afraid to hide the ugly truth when necessary. It contains many gems.
M Srednicki,
Quantum Field Theory 
A very clear and well written introduction to the subject. Both this book and Zee’sfocus on the path integral approach, rather than canonical quantization that we developin this course.There are also resources available on the web. Some particularly good ones are listedon the course webpage: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft.html
 
Contents
0. Introduction1
0.1Units and Scales4
1. Classical Field Theory7
1.1The Dynamics of Fields71.1.1An Example: The Klein-Gordon Equation81.1.2Another Example: First Order Lagrangians91.1.3A Final Example: Maxwell’s Equations101.1.4Locality, Locality, Locality101.2Lorentz Invariance111.3Symmetries131.3.1Noether’s Theorem131.3.2An Example: Translations and the Energy-Momentum Tensor141.3.3Another Example: Lorentz Transformations and Angular Mo-mentum161.3.4Internal Symmetries181.4The Hamiltonian Formalism19
2. Free Fields21
2.1Canonical Quantization212.1.1The Simple Harmonic Oscillator222.2The Free Scalar Field232.3The Vacuum252.3.1The Cosmological Constant262.3.2The Casimir Effect272.4Particles292.4.1Relativistic Normalization312.5Complex Scalar Fields332.6The Heisenberg Picture352.6.1Causality362.7Propagators382.7.1The Feynman Propagator382.7.2Green’s Functions402.8Non-Relativistic Fields412.8.1Recovering Quantum Mechanics431

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