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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5380M Quantum Field Theory

15 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Email: R.Purdy@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

PHYS3543 and PHYS3382 are recommended

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

At the end of this module you should be able to understand, explain and apply to simple problems all the basic principles, building blocks, tools and concepts of QFT.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, you should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles, building blocks, tools and concepts of QFT;
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the most fundamental laws and principles of physics;
- solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools;
- use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena;
- communicate complex scientific ideas concisely, accurately and informatively;
- manage your own learning and make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources

Skills outcomes
- ability to apply advanced mathematical methods to physical problems
- ability to grasp a complex body of ideas


Syllabus

- Functional methods
- Classical field theory
- Canonical field quantisation
- Free and interacting quantum fields
- Perturbation theory
- Path integral quantisation
- Renormalisation

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop111.0011.00
Office Hour Discussions111.000.00
Lecture221.0022.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading lecture notes and recommended texts
- Solving problems

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular short exercises

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentMarked Assignments30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. The assessment will not take 48 hours to complete, but students will have a 48 hour time period in which to complete it. Students must submit a reasonable attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2020 15:48:24

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