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.

Required: Mark Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press.
Recommended: Peskin and Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Addison-Wesley; Steven Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields, vols. 1,2, Cambridge University Press.

My office is 451 Lauritsen. My office hour is on Tuesday, 1-2 p.m.

TA: Denis Bashkirov, 404 Downs. Denis’s office hour is on Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

There will be no exams; instead there will be a homework problem set each week. It will be posted on this website each Friday and will be due a week later. Homework should be given directly to the TA or left in his mailbox. 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.

Fall quarter

Week 1 (due Oct. 9)   Week 2 (due Oct. 16)  Week 3 (due Oct. 23)  Week 4 (due Oct. 30)   Week 5 (due Nov. 6)

Week 6 (due Nov. 13)  Week 7 (due Nov. 20)  Week 8 (due Nov. 27)   Week 9 (due Dec. 7)

Winter quarter

Week 1 (due Jan. 15)  Week 2 - no HW   Week 3 (due Jan. 29) -extra large HW    Week 4 (due Feb. 5)   Week 5 (due Feb. 12)

Week 6 (due Feb. 19)  Week 7 (due Feb. 26)   Week 8 (due March 5)   Week 9 (due March 12)

Spring quarter

Week 1 (due April 9)  Week 2 (due April 16)   Week 3 - no HW    Week 4 (due April 30)   Week 5 (due May 7)

Week 6 (due May 14)   Week 7 - no HW