Ph 205 Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

This is a 3-quarter course covering basic quantum field theory, including QED, renormalization, path-integrals, and Yang-Mills theory.

Textbooks
Required: Mark Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press.
Recommended: R. D. Klauber, Student-Friendly Quantum Field Theory, Sandtrove Press.

My office is 420 Downs. My office hour is on Friday, 10-11 a.m.

TA (fall): Tristan McKinney, 417 Downs. TA's office is hour is Tuesday, 7-8 pm.

TA (winter): Baoyi Chen. TA's office hour is Monday 7-9 pm, at 103 Downs.

There will be no exams; instead there will be a homework problem set each week. It will be posted on this website Wednesday night or Thursday morning  and will be due a week later. Homework should be given directly to the TA or left in his mailbox in East Bridge. The TA will produce solution sets; you will find them outside of my office. Graded homework will be placed there as well. Grading will be done on the basis of the homework. If you need an extension, you should ask me in advance; without an extension late homework will not be graded.

Grading scheme: each problem is worth 10 pts, unless it is made of subproblems, in which case each subproblem is worth 10 pts. A passing grade is getting 50% of the maximal possible number of points.


Fall quarter HW

Week 1 HW    Notes for week 1     Reading: section 1.1     Solutions for HW1

Week 2 HW   Notes for week 2      Reading: sections 1.3, 1.4    Solutions for HW2

Week 3 HW    Reading: section 1.5     Solutions for HW 3

Week 4 HW   Reading: section 1.9 and problem 9.5, section 1.10.    Solutions for HW4

Week 5 HW   Reading: sections 1.10, 1.11 and 1.6   Solutions for HW5

Week 6 HW   Reading: sections 1.7, 1.8, and 1.13    Solutions for HW6

Week 7 HW   Reading: sections 1.14-1.18      Solutions for HW7

Week 8 HW   Reading: sections 1.27-1.28

Week 9 HW:  Problem 28.2 (20pts)  Due Dec. 4

Winter quarter HW

Week 1 - no HW  Reading: sections 33-34.

Week 2 HW     Reading: sections 35-39    Solutions for HW2

Week 3 HW    Reading: sections 40-41.  Solutions for HW3

Week 4 HW    Reading: sections 42, 45, 46, 47, 48.  Solutions for HW4

Week 5 HW    Reading: sections 43, 44, 51, 52.

Week 6 HW    Reading: sections 54, 55, 56, 57.

Week 7-8 HW  (due Feb. 28!)  Reading: sections 58, 59, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68