# Quantum Field Theory II

The Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
is a two-semester course. Content-wise, this is a continious
29-week long course, but for administrative purposes it is
split in two:

Physics-wise, the split is rather arbitrary, so
*the students interested in the Quantum Field Theory
should take both halves of the course.*
In the academic year 1998/99,
**Dr. Vadim Kaplunovsky**
teaches both semesters of the Quantum Field Theory course.
This document is the syllabus for the second semester, i.e.,
PHY **396L** course (unique #55360) taught in the Spring of 1999.

Note that future offering of the Quantum Field Theory course
may vary.

## Course Content

### Textbooks

The primary textbook for this course (both semesters) is
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
by Michael Peskin and Daniel Schroeder.
To a large extent, the course is based on this book and thus should
follow it fairly closely (but don't expect a 100% match!).

Since both the course and the main textbook are introductory in nature,
many questions would be left an-answered. The best reference book
for finding the answers is The Quantum Theory of Fields
by Steven Weinberg. This two-volume book is based on a two-year
course Dr. Weinberg used to teach here at UT -- but of course it
also contains much additional material. To a first approximation,
Weinbergs book teaches you everything you ever wanted to know about
QFT and more -- which is unfortunately way too much for a one-year
intoductory course.

I have told the campus bookstore that I use Peskin's book as a
textbook for both semesters, Weinberg's vol.1 as a supplementary
texbook for the Fall semester and vol.2 as a supplementary textbook
for the Spring.
I hope the store have stocked the books accordingly, but you should buy
them while the supply lasts.

The homeworks are assigned on the honor system.
I shall not collect or grade the homeworks, but you should endeavor
to finish them on time and check each other's solutions. Note that
the homeworks are absolutely essential for understanding the course material.
Often, due to the time pressure, I will explain the general theory
in class and leave the examples for the homework assignment;
if you do not work them out by yourself, you would not really understand
what I was talking about in class!
*Be warned: The homeworks will be very hard.*

The grades will be based on two take-home test, one at the middle
of the semester, the other at the end. Each test will account for
50% of the final grade. There will be no in-class final exam.

## Logistics

### Lectures

### Office Hours

Last Modified: December 9, 1998.
Vadim Kaplunovsky

vadim@physics.utexas.edu