This page contains copies of the class handouts, and other items of interest to the Physics 217 class. This course is being offered during the 2016 fall quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Have a happy and restful holiday season! Feel free to stop by my office any time during the winter quarter (and retrieve your graded final exam).

The General Information and Syllabus handout is available
in either PDF or Postscript format
[PDF | Postscript]

Some of the information in this handout is reproduced here.

## General Information | ||
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Instructor | Howard Haber | |

Office | ISB 326 | |

Phone | 459-4228 | |

Office Hours | Mondays 3--4 pm and Thursdays, 2--3 pm | |

haber@scipp.ucsc.edu | ||

webpage | scipp.ucsc.edu/~haber/ | |

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:50--11:25~am, in ISB 231.

*Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model *,
by Matthew D. Schwartz (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

65% five problem sets

35% Final Exam (Thursday December 8, 2016, 12--3 pm)

The requirements of this course consist of problem sets and a final
exam (there is no midterm exam).
Problem sets will be handed out on a regular basis.
The homework problem sets are *not* optional.
You are encouraged to discuss the class material and homework
problems with your classmates and to work in groups, but all
submitted problems should represent your own work and understanding.

The final exam will be held in ISB 231 and will cover the complete course material. You will be allowed to consult the course textbook, class handouts and personal handwritten notes during the exam. You must take the final exam to pass the course.

- Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
- Classical Relativistic Field Theory
- The Lorentz and Poincaré Groups and their Lie algebras
- Field Theory of a Spin-Zero Particle
- Two-component fermion fields
- Four-component fermion fields and the Dirac Equation
- Field Theory of a Spin-1/2 Particle
- Discrete Symmetries (CPT and all that)
- Interacting Fields and Scattering Theory
- Feynman Diagrams
- Elementary Processes in Quantum Electrodynamics

Problem sets and exams are available in either PDF or Postscript formats

- Problem Set #1 [PDF | Postscript]
- Problem Set #2 [PDF | Postscript]
- Problem Set #3 [PDF | Postscript]
- Problem Set #4 [PDF | Postscript]
- Problem Set #5 [PDF | Postscript]
- Final Exam [PDF | Postscript]

The problem set solutions are available in either PDF or Postscript formats.

- Solution Set #1 [PDF | Postscript]
- Solution Set #2 [PDF | Postscript]
- Solution Set #3 [PDF | Postscript]
- Solution Set #4 [PDF | Postscript]
- Solution Set #5 [PDF | Postscript]
- Final Exam Solutions [PDF | Postscript]

1. Lecture notes on fermions in quantum field theory, which contain a
brief review on the two-component spinor formalism and the translation
between two-component and four-component spinor notation.
[PDF]

For further details, see
*
Two-component spinor techniques and Feynman rules for quantum field
theory and supersymmetry*, by Herbi K. Dreiner, Howard E. Haber and
Stephen P. Martin.
[PDF]

2. This class handout, entitled *Two-particle Lorentz Invariant phase
space*, provides the explicit evaluation of the two-particle
Lorentz phase space integral. Using this result, I provide a
derivation of the formulae for the decay rate and cross section for
processes with two particles in the final state.
[PDF | Postscript]

1. *Introduction
to Quantum Field Theory I*, lectures by Horatiu Nastase (June 2012)
[PDF]

2. *Particles
and Fields*, by Hagen Kleinert (April, 2016). [PDF]

3. *Quantum
Field Theory in the Heisenberg Picture*. This is Chapter 1 of a
book entitled *Covariant
Operator Formalism of Gauge Theories and Quantum Gravity* that
is provided free of charge by World Scientific. It
provides a very nice summary treatment to the theoretical
framework of quantum field theory in the Heisenberg picture.
[PDF]

1. Everything you have ever wanted to know about two-component spinor
techniques can be found in a review article entitled
*
Two-component spinor techniques and Feynman rules for quantum field
theory and supersymmetry*, by Herbi K. Dreiner, Howard E. Haber and
Stephen P. Martin.
[PDF]

haber@scipp.ucsc.edu

Last Updated: December 8, 2016