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Quantum Field Theory.university of Cambridge

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Preprint typeset in JHEP style - PAPER 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
d.tong@damtp.cam.ac.uk
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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 Theorycourse, 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. Introduction 1
0.1 Units and Scales 4
1. Classical Field Theory 7
1.1 The Dynamics of Fields 71.1.1 An Example: The Klein-Gordon Equation 81.1.2 Another Example: First Order Lagrangians 91.1.3 A Final Example: Maxwells Equations 101.1.4 Locality, Locality, Locality 101.2 Lorentz Invariance 111.3 Symmetries 131.3.1 Noethers Theorem 131.3.2 An Example: Translations and the Energy-Momentum Tensor 141.3.3 Another Example: Lorentz Transformations and Angular Mo-mentum 161.3.4 Internal Symmetries 181.4 The Hamiltonian Formalism 19
2. Free Fields 21
2.1 Canonical Quantization 212.1.1 The Simple Harmonic Oscillator 222.2 The Free Scalar Field 232.3 The Vacuum 252.3.1 The Cosmological Constant 262.3.2 The Casimir Eect 272.4 Particles 292.4.1 Relativistic Normalization 312.5 Complex Scalar Fields 332.6 The Heisenberg Picture 352.6.1 Causality 362.7 Propagators 382.7.1 The Feynman Propagator 382.7.2 Greens Functions 402.8 Non-Relativistic Fields 412.8.1 Recovering Quantum Mechanics 431

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