### Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Recitations: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session

### Overview

This is the third and last term of the quantum field theory sequence. A bare enumeration follows:

### Concepts

- Gauge symmetry and its spontaneous breaking
- Confinement
- Renormalization
- Asymptotic freedom
- Anomalies
- Instantons
- Zero modes

### Specific Structure

- Gauge boson and Higgs spectrum
- Fermion multiplets
- CKM matrix
- Unification in SU(5) and SO(10)

### Frontiers

- Phenomenology of Higgs sector
- Lepton and baryon number violation
- Nonperturbative (lattice) formulation and associated algorithms

### Prerequisites

8.323 (Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I) and 8.324 (Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II)

### Recommended Readings

Peskin, M., and D. Schroeder. *An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory.* Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1 June 1995. ISBN: 9780201503975.

Cheng, Ta-Pei, and Ling-Fong Li. *Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics.* Clarendon: Oxford University Press, 1984. ISBN: 9780198519560.

———. *Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics: Problems and Solutions.* 1st ed. UK: Oxford University Press, 1 May 2000. ISBN: 9780198506218.

Aitchison, I., and A. Hey. *Gauge Theories in Particle Physics.* UK: Oxford University Press, 1 September 1988. ISBN: 9780198519614.

Ellis, R., W. Stirling, and B. Webber. *QCD and Collider Physics.* Cambridge University Press, 24 October 1996. ISBN: 9780521581899.

### Grading

The grade for this course is based entirely on the problem sets.