# Quantum Field Theory

## Postgraduate course

- ECTS credits
- 10
- Teaching semesters
- Spring
- Course code
- PHYS342
- Number of semesters
- 1
- Language
- English
- Resources
- Schedule

## Course description

## Objectives and Content

**Objectives:**The course is a continuation of PHYS203 and gives an understanding of the Standard Model of particle physics, which describes the elementary particles and their interactions.

**Content:**The course covers the theories describing the interactions of elementary particles: quantum electrodynamics (QED), quantum chromodynamics (QCD), and electroweak theory. Together, these make up the Standard Model of particle physics. The course gives a basis for calculating and understanding simple cross sections for collisions and particle production. The course also gives a brief introduction to CP violation and neutrino physics.

## Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

**Knowledge**

The student

- Is able to explain Feynman rules
- Knows the basics of renormalization
- Understands the quark and gluon fields, the strong nuclear force, and the underlying symmetries
- Understands the symmetries of the electroweak theory, and their breaking via the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism
- Can explain CP violation involving K-mesons, and the origin of the CKM matrix
- Can explain neutrino oscillations

**Skills**

The student

- Masters the calculation of cross sections for simple processes

**General competence**

The student

- Knows how to model physical systems by using the Lagrange formalism
- Can use simple calculations to estimate the order of magnitude of physical quantities