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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 8.325 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Physics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Iain Stewart 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 8.325 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    8.325 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III

    Spring 2007

    A simulation of Higgs decay in the CMS detector.
    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider will, once it is built, look for the Higgs boson and evidence of physics beyond the standard model. This image is a simulation depicting the decay of a Higgs particle following a collision of two protons in the CMS experiment. (Image courtesy of CERN.)

    Course Description

    This course is the third and last term of the quantum field theory sequence. Its aim is the proper theoretical discussion of the physics of the standard model. Topics include: quantum chromodynamics; the Higgs phenomenon and a description of the standard model; deep-inelastic scattering and structure functions; basics of lattice gauge theory; operator products and effective theories; detailed structure of the standard model; spontaneously broken gauge theory and its quantization; instantons and theta-vacua; topological defects; introduction to supersymmetry.

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