This is an archive of the Quantum Field Theory II course. A pdf version of the outline is QFT 2 summary
Here we cover some of the important topics that were not covered in the first semester. These include several functional methods and also techniques with fermions.
Extension 1 – Notes and Extension 1 video – Very quick review, vacuum polarization via Feynman rules, quick review of Path Integral formulas, vacuum polarization via functional techniques, functional differentiation again.
Extension 2 – Notes and Extension 2 video – Perturbation theory via functional derivation, completing the vacuum polarization example, the determinant of a differential operator det (D2 +m2 ), det = exp tr ln identity, integrating out the scalar field, renormalization and effective Lagrangian.
Extension 3 – Notes and Extension 3 video – Heat kernel method, Fermion path integral, Functional differentiation with anticommuting sources, Grassmann numbers, Spin statistics theorem, Dirac algebra, ordering in Feynman diagrams, gauge invariance example.
Gauge Theory section
In this section we extend the treatment of gauge symmetry to nonabelian groups, explore some gauge theory features and give a full quantization of Yang-Mills gauge theories
Gauge theory 1 – Gauge Theory 1 notes and Gauge theory 1 video – Nonableian gauge symmetry, the Yang Mills lagrangian, path integral quantization, problem with propagator, simple example of factoring out symmetry, constraining the path integral.
Gauge theory 2 – Gauge theory 2 notes and Gauge theory 2 video – Review of path integral quantization, QED example, covariant gauges, Fadeev-Popov trick, ghosts, Yang Mills example, Feynman rules for Yang Mills.
Gauge theory 3 – Gauge theory 3 notes and Gauge theory 3 video – running coupling in QED, 1/epsilon determines logs, charge renormalization in Yang Mills, vacuum polarization, oddities of dimensional
regularization, calculating casimirs.
Gauge theory 4 – Gauge theory 4 notes and Gauge theory 4 video – ghost and fermion contributions to running coupling, the overall beta function, matching across mass thresholds, scheme dependence, higher orders.
Effective Field Theory Section
I treat the idea of effective field theory both in general and by use of the specific case of the linear sigma model.
Effective field theory 1 – EFT 1 notes and Effective Field Theory 1 video – What is effective field theory, locality, QED effective Lagrangian, the energy expansion, linear sigma model, a low energy calculation and its effective Lagrangian
Effective field theory 2 – EFT 2 notes and EFT 2 video – the exponential representation, recalculating the scattering amplitude, path integral connection, integrating out at tree level, start of matching.
Effective field theory 5 – EFT 5 notes and EFT 5 video – The operator product expansion, weak interaction example, the background field method, φ4 example, heat kernel, perturbative expansion, background field renormalization of the sigma model.
I treat symmetries and anomalies using primarily a path integral approach
Anomalies 1 – Anomalies 1 notes and Anomalies 1 video – currents and path integrals, path integrals and symmetries, scale invariance in the Standard Model, The trace anomaly, calculating the path integral jacobian
Anomalies 2 – Anomalies 2 notes and Anomalies 2 video – obtaining the trace relation, Feynman diagram approach, interpreting the trace anomaly, the simplest derivation via running charge, axial U(1) problem, starting the chiral anomaly calculation.
Standard Model Section
This is a very brief tour through the structure of the Standard Model
Standard Model 3 – Standard Model 3 notes and Standard model 3 video – Diagonalizing mass matrices, Neutrino masses and see saw mechanism, diagonalizing neutrino masses, VCKM and VPMNS , tree level weak decays.
These are two lectures which give a superficial overview of the structure of supersymmetric theories and the MSSM
Supersymmetry 1 – Supersymmetry 1 notes and Supersymmetry 1 video – Weyl spinors, Wess-Zumino model, SUSY charges, SUSY algebra, auxiliary fields, superspace, chiral superfield, vector superfield, superpotential, F-terms and D-terms, SUSY model building
Supersymmetry 2 – Supersymmetry 2 notes and Supersymmetry 2 video – properties of SUSY, the case for weak scale SUSY, construction of the MSSM, R parity, supersymmetry breaking, hidden sector, soft SUSy breaking, the Higgs sector,, EWSB, the mu problem, flavor issues.
Gravity as a Gauge Theory Section
These two lectures develop general relativity in a manner similar to our treatment of gauge theories. This emphasizes the field theoretic nature of general relativity.
Gravity 1 – Gravity 1 notes and Gravity 1 video – Gauging Lorentz transformations, Spin transformation for fermions, local Lorentz invariance, vierbein, fermions and the spin connection, covariant derivative, forming the curvature, Einstein action and equations
Gravity 2 – Gravity 2 notes and Gravity 2 video – review of gauge theory construction, exploring the action, higher invariants of the curvature, quantization and Feynman rules, background field renormalization, gravity as an effective field theory