An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory

  • Luis Alvarez-Gaumé
  • Miguel A. Vázquez-Mozo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 839)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 1-9
  3. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 11-32
  4. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 33-45
  5. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 47-79
  6. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 81-99
  7. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 101-126
  8. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 127-144
  9. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 145-173
  10. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 175-192
  11. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 193-208
  12. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 209-230
  13. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 231-260
  14. Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Miguel Á. Vázquez-Mozo
    Pages 261-273
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 275-294

About this book

Introduction

This book provides an introduction to Quantum Field Theory (QFT) at an elementary level—with only special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics as prerequisites. For this fresh approach to teaching QFT, based on numerous lectures and courses given by the authors, a representative sample of topics has been selected containing some of the more innovative, challenging or subtle concepts. They are presented with a minimum of technical details, the discussion of the main ideas being more important than the presentation of the typically very technical mathematical details necessary to obtain the final results.

 Special attention is given to the realization of symmetries in particle physics: global and local symmetries, explicit, spontaneously broken, and anomalous continuous symmetries, as well as discrete symmetries. Beyond providing an overview of the standard model of the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions and the current understanding of the origin of mass, the text enumerates the general features of renormalization theory as well as providing a cursory description of effective field theories and the problem of naturalness in physics. Among the more advanced topics the reader will find are an outline of the first principles derivation of the CPT theorem and the spin-statistics connection.

As indicated by the title, the main aim of this text is to motivate the reader to study QFT by providing a self-contained and approachable introduction to the most exciting and challenging aspects of this successful theoretical framework.

Keywords

CPT and spin-statistics theorem Effective theories Naturalness in physics QFT textbook Quantum field theory Standard model of particle physics Symmetries in particle physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Luis Alvarez-Gaumé
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Vázquez-Mozo
    • 2
  1. 1.Theory Unit, Physics DepartmentCERNGeneva 23Switzerland
  2. 2., Dept. de Fisica FundamentalUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23728-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-23727-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-23728-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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