FYS9170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides an introduction to quantum field theory as one of the cornerstones of modern physics, and how it inevitably emerges from combining quantum mechanics with special relativity. The focus is on how to quantize both bosonic and fermionic fields, and how a relatively small number of fundamental symmetry principles leads to the construction of the standard model of particle physics.
After completing this course:
- you can quantize classical fields and will know how to describe both fermionic and bosonic particles in relativistic quantum mechanics
- you have learned how to construct theories that describe interacting quantum fields
- you know how to derive the Feynman rules for a given theory, and how to use those to calculate cross sections and decay rates at lowest order in perturbation theory
- you can explain how gauge symmetries lead to the construction of both Abelian and non-Abelian theories and understand the concept of spontaneously breaking these symmetries (Higgs mechanism)
- you understand the structure of the standard model of particle physics and can relate its ingredients to the underlying fundamental principles
- you have learned to present the fundamental principles of quantum field theory, and solutions to typical problems, in a clear and pedagogic way to fellow students
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
It is highly recommended that you have previous knowledge from the following courses:
- FYS3110 – Quantum Mechanics
- FYS3120 – Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics
- FYS3140 – Mathematical Methods in Physics
- FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory.
The course extends over a whole term, with 4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group exercises class per week.
An essential part of the course are problems, about one set per week, which the students prepare at home and present during the group exercises.
In addition, it is mandatory to prepare and give a one-hour lecture about an advanced topic in quantum field theory. This mandatory lecture must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
The mandatory lecture must be approved before you can take the final examination.
- Written midterm exam (4 hours), which counts 50% towards the final grade.
- Final oral exam, which counts 50% towards the final grade.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Examination support material
Two A4 sheets with notes. You can write on both sides of the sheet.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: