Physics 612 - Spring 2017








Notes (pdf format)

The QT Group

TEXTBOOKS: An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley
Field Theory - A Modern Primer, by Pierre Ramond, Frontiers in Physics, Benjamin/Cummings.
The Quantum Theory of Fields, by Steven Weinberg, Vols. I and II, Cambridge University Press.
Quantum Field Theory, by Claude Itzykson and Jean-Bernard Zuber, McGraw Hill.


Unit 1 UNIT 1: Interactions
Unit 2 UNIT 2: The Standard Model
Unit 3 UNIT 3: Renormalization
Unit 4 UNIT 4: Applications


This course was by far the most intellectually challenging class I have ever taken. I am not the most gifted student, but in the past have been able to succeed and learn by working hard at a subject I really love. I feel that this course reached the limit of my abilities in the sense that I would need to dedicate 8-10 hours a day to this course in order to really follow and understand whats going on.

The material presented covered many aspects of Quantum Field Theory which are mathematically demanding; however, once I got a grasp on the methods, thinking of the physics behind the problems was accessible and fascinating.

As said last semester, Prof. Siopsis is an incredible instructor whose knowledge and grasp of the subject is awe inspiring. I have been fortunate to take this class with him. Additionally, the project is an excellent way of incorporating field theory into research.

The lectures were essential in understanding the rules and the physics behind them. Dr. Siopsis takes his time presenting the subject and working out many examples in detail which eases the complexity of the math involved. The assignment were challenging, and the amount of time spent on them added tremendously to my understanding of the material. It was a rewarding experience.

Two things 1) The homework was too difficult. It would have been nice to have a few problems which were based on working through details in class or in a text. This would help greatly with gaining confidence in the material before tackling the "challenge" problems 2) There was a point that it felt like Prof. Siopsis began to teach at a level well above tmy capabilities, and perhaps the capabilities of the class. In many respects I cannot blame him because so many students simply stopped showing up, but it felt like he stopped asking so many questions to see if we were following.

As much as each unit of the course had its title, and reading chapters, at some points I ended up being not sure exactly on which part of the syllabus are we working.

A little easier homework problems (a few more problems would be okay) based on working things out in class.

Thank you very much Dr. Siopsis for an amazing course.


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