Strong Interactions: Effective Field Theories of QCD

Theories of Physics.

For most of your career you have been learning about more and more general theories. In this class we will do the opposite. We will learn how to devise specific "effective" theories which allow us to make more and more precise predictions, but still capture physics at different length scales. (Figure by Prof. Iain Stewart.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

8.851

As Taught In

Spring 2006

Level

Graduate

Cite This Course

Course Features

Course Description

This is a course in the construction and application of effective field theories, which are the modern tool of choice in making predictions based on the Standard Model. Concepts such as matching, renormalization, the operator product expansion, power counting, and running with the renormalization group will be discussed. Topics will be taken from factorization in hard processes relevant for the LHC, heavy quark decays and CP violation, chiral perturbation theory, non-relativistic bound states in field theory (QED and QCD), nucleon effective theories with a fine-tuning, and possibly other subjects from QCD, electroweak physics, and gravity.

MITx Versions

MITx offers a free version of this subject on edX. Please register to get started:

Other OCW Versions

OCW has published multiple versions of this subject. Question_OVT logo

Archived versions: Question_avt logo

Stewart, Iain. 8.851 Strong Interactions: Effective Field Theories of QCD, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-851-strong-interactions-effective-field-theories-of-qcd-spring-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.


Close