Effective Field Theory

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Example Effective Field Theories derived from Quantum Field Theory. (Image by Iain Stewart)


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Spring 2013



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Effective field theory is a fundamental framework to describe physical systems with quantum field theory. Part I of this course covers common tools used in effective theories. Part II is an in depth study of the Soft-Collinear Effective Theory (SCET), an effective theory for hard interactions in collider physics.


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Stewart, Iain. 8.851 Effective Field Theory, Spring 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-851-effective-field-theory-spring-2013 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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