Three books will be used in this course. Other recommended books are listed below.

Peskin, Michael E., and Daniel V. Schroeder. *An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory*. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1995. ISBN: 9780201503975.

A comprehensive and pedagogical treatment of QFT starting from the basics and reaching up to the physics of the standard model.

Weinberg, S. *The Quantum Theory of Fields. Vol. 1: Foundations*. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780521550017.

A comprehensive and insightful treatment of the foundations of QFT.

———. *The Quantum Theory of Fields. Vol. 2: Modern Applications*. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780521550024.

A detailed presentation of advanced material.

LEC # | TOPICS | READINGS |
---|---|---|

1-6 | Non-Abelian gauge theories |
Peskin and Schroeder chapter 15 and 16; Weinberg vol. 2 chapter 15; Prof. Zwiebach’s notes on Lie algebras (PDF) (Courtesy of Prof. Barton Zwiebach.) |

7-11 | General aspects |
Peskin and Schroeder chapter 6 and 7; Weinberg vol. 1 chapter 10 |

12-16 | General aspects of QED |
Peskin and Schroeder chapter 6 and 7; Weinberg vol. 1 chapter 11 |

17-19 | General renormalization theory |
Peskin and Schroeder chapter 10; Weinberg vol. 1 chapter 12 |

20-26 | Renormalization group |
Peskin and Schroeder chapter 12 and 13; Weinberg vol 2 chapter 18 |

### Recommended Books

Zee, A. *Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell.* Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780691010199.

A fun book that deals briefly with many of the key ideas and uses of QFT.

Srednicki, Mark. *Quantum Field Theory.* Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780521864497.

Very readable and comprehensive. Structured somewhat differently from this course. Part I (spin 0) and Part II (spin 1/2) are available at http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0409035 and http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0409036.

Banks, Tom. *Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction*. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780521850827.

Modern, insightful treatment of many important topics.

Brown, Lowell S. *Quantum Field Theory*. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780521469463.

A modern path integral presentation of QFT. Covers QED but not QCD.

Collins, J. *Renormalization*. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780521311779.

A complete treatise on the methods of renormalization.

Ramond, P. *Field Theory: A Modern Primer*. 2nd ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1994. ISBN: 9780201546118.

A book dealing efficiently with QFT in the path integral approach.

Ryder, L. *Quantum Field Theory*. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780521338592.

A modern pedagogical introduction to QFT including the Weinberg-Salam model and other selected topics.

Mandl, F., and G. Shaw. *Quantum Field Theory*. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1984. ISBN: 9780471105091.

A clear and concise introduction to the basic computations in quantum field theory.