Quantum Field Theory
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
Professor Jared Kaplan
Office: Bloomberg 457
Office hours: by appointment
This is a graduate QFT course. The first semester covers basic lattice phonon models and their continuum field theory limit, canonical quantization, implications of Lorentz invariance, effective field theory, quantization and Feynman rules for scalars, renormalization and RG flows, and the basics of scalar and spinor QED. In the second semester we will have further discussions of QED, Wilsonian renormalization, continuous global and gauge symmetries, Nambu-Goldstone bosons and the spontaneous breaking of global symmetries, the Higgs mechanism, the standard model, deep inelastic scattering, and anomalies.
Prerequisites: An excellent understanding of undergraduate physics, especially Quantum Mechanics.
Course Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday at 1:30 PM in Bloomberg 361
Course Materials: The Course Notes will be periodically updated; this document also includes some discussion of background and other references. The main textbook is Schwartz’s Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model.
Assignments: There are biweekly problem sets and a take home final / problem set at the end of the course.
Advanced Particle Physics: AdS/CFT
Fall 2013 and 2015
This was a course on AdS/CFT from the point of view of Effective Field Theory and the Conformal Bootstrap, along with some other more advanced topics.
Assignments: Biweekly problem sets and student presentations at the end of the course.