- Why study QFT?
- Intro to classical field theory.
- Relativistic electromagnetic fields.
- Review of canonical quantization.
- Intro to quantum fields.
- Spectrum of the free scalar quantum field.
- Second quantization of bosons.
- Expansion of relativistic fields into creation and annihilation operators.
- The saddle point method.
- Relativistic causality.
- Propagators and Green's functions.
- Noether theorem.
- Local symmetries and gauge theories.
- Bose–Einstein condensate and superfluidity.
- Aharonov–Bohm effect and magnetic monopoles.
- Particle and field multiplets of Lorentz symmetry.
- Dirac spinor fields.
- Grassmann numbers (notes from CEA, France); see also Wikipedia article.
- Fermionic algebra and Fock space; particles and holes.
- Charge congugation, Majorana and Weyl fermions, parity and CP.
- Relativistic causality and Feynman propagator for the fermions.
- Spin-statistics theorem.
- Perturbation theory, Dyson series, and Feynman diagrams.
- Fermi's Golden Rule and the phase space factors.
- Mandelstam's variables
*s*,*t*, and*u*. - Dimensional analysis and allowed couplings.
- Partial wave analysis in scattering (notes from my EMT class).
- EM quantization and QED Feynman rules.
- Dirac trace techniques and muon pair production.
- Crossing Symmetry.
- Ward Identities and sums over photon polarizations.
- Annihilation and Compton Scattering.
- Resonances.
- Spontaneous symmetry breaking.
- The Higgs mechanism.
- Glashow–Weinberg–Salam theory of weak and EM interactions.
- Quarks and leptons in the Glashow–Weinberg–Salam theory (pages 4–7 updated on 2022-11-21).
- Cabibbo–Kobayashi–Maskawa matrix of flavor mising.
- Kaons, CP violation, and CKM matrix (prof. Mark Thomson's lectures at Cambridge U, Fall 2009); local copy.
- Neutrino masses in the Standard Model.

- Introduction to caclulating loop diagrams.
- Overview of UV regularization schemes.
- Basics of dimensional regularization.
- Optical Theorem.
- Correlation functions of quantum fields.
- Lehmann–Symanzik–Zimmermann reduction formula.
- Dimensional Analysis and Renormalizability.
- QED: counterterms, Feynman rules, divergences, and renormalizability.
- Renormalization of the EM field at one loop.
- Ward–Takahashi identities:
- Vacuum energy and effective potential.
- Form factors.
- QED vertex correction.
- Optical Theorem for Soft Photons.
- Gauge dependence of QED counterterms.
- Introduction to the renormalization group.
- Plot of the running QCD coupling.
- Renormalization scheme dependence and the Minimal Subtraction.
- Path integrals in quantum mechanics.
- Functional integration in quantum field theory.
- Euclidean spacetime, discretization, and QFT ↔ StatMech analogy.
- Functional quantuzation of fermion fields.
- Functional quantisation of the electromagnetism.
- Quantization of non-abelian gauge theories and the Faddeev–Popov ghosts.
- QCD Feynman rules and QCD Ward Identities.
- BRST symmetry.
- Renormalizability of non-abelian gauge theories.
- QCD beta function.
- Axial anomaly.
- Non-linear sigma models.

*Lie Agebras in Particle Physics: from Isospin to Unified Theories*by Howard Georgi, 1999, Westview press, ISBN 9780813346113. (UT library ebook) [first semester].*Group Theory for Unified Model Building*by Richard Slansky, Physics Reports 79 (1981) pp. 1–128 (local copy) [technical aspects of group theory].*Monopoles, Instantons, and Confinement*by Gerard 't Hooft, 1999 lectures at Saalburg, arXiv:hep-th/0010225 [second semester].- Magnetic monopoles, Duality, and SUSY (1995 Trieste lectures by Jeffrey Harvey).

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