Ph 230ab: Elementary Particle Theory

- M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Addison-Wesley (1995)
- S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields. vol. II: Modern Applications. Cambridge University Press (1996).

*Syllabus for the fall quarter:*

Quantization of Yang-Mills theories, renormalization, asymptotic freedom,
perturbative QCD, spontaneously broken

global and gauge symmetries, the Standard Model.

*Syllabus for the winter quarter:*

Anomalies, non-perturbative methods, quantum field theory at finite
temperature, lattice gauge theory,

extended objects in QFT (solitons and instantons).

For the winter quarter, in addition to the above textbooks, I recommend
a book by R. Rajaraman, "Solitons and instantons."

Other useful books are: S. Coleman, "Aspects of Symmetry," and G. 't
Hooft, "Under the Spell of the Gauge Principle."

** TA**: Yi Li (office hours: Monday 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

My office hours: Friday 4:30-5:30 p.m.

There will be no exams in this course: grading will be done on the basis
of turned in homework.

Each subproblem is worth 10 points. You are expected to turn
it at least 80 % of the assigned

homework and solve correctly a reasonable percentage of the problems.
The meaning

of "reasonable" will be determined by the end of the quarter.
Homework problems will be

posted here every Wednesday and are due a week later, that is, next
Wednesday.

*Homework problems (fall quarter)*

Week 1 (due October 8th) Week 2 (due October 15) Week3 (due October 22) Week 4 (due October 29)

Week 5 (due November 5) Week 6 (due November 12) Week 7 (due November 19) Week 8 (due November 26)

Week 9 (due December 3)

*Homework problems (winter quarter)*

Week 1 (due January 14) Week 2 (due January 21) Week 3 (due January 28) Week 4 (due February 4)

Week 5 (due February 11) Week 6 (due February 18) Week 7 (due February 25) Week 8 (due March 3)

Week 9 (due March 10)