Nuclear & particle physics
Nuclear & particle physics

Introduction to quantum field theory

Winter semester 2020/2021

Lecture with tutorials

Beginning of lecture period: 2 November 2020
End of lecture period: 12 February 2021

Course number of the lecture in the course overview: 112288

Course number of the tutorials in the course overview: 112307

  • Lecturers, organization, dates & exams


    Dates & locations

    Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, the event will take place in digital teaching format.

    Lecture Tue., as asynchronous recording (digitally) KP/TP 404 (via "LearnWeb")
    Fri., as asynchronous recording (digitally)
    Tutorials Fri., 10:00–12:00 (digitally) KP/TP 404 (via "zoom")
    Fri., 14:00–16:00 (digitally) KP/TP 304 (via "zoom")


    The lecture will be held in English if required; the tutorials will be in English.
    Further information about the course schedule and the conditions for passing the course can be found on the LearnWeb.

    To register for the course and get access to the associated LearnWeb page, please write an e-mail to Prof. Dr. J. Heitger (see above).

  • Contents & literature

    Contents of the lecture

    • Relativistic quantum mechanics
    • Elements of classical field theory
    • Quantization of free scalar fields
    • Interacting scalar fields: perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams
    • Quantization of Dirac fields and spin-1 fields
    • Quantum electrodynamics
    • Loops and renormalization


    • M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to quantum field theory (Addison-Wesley)
    • I.J.R. Aitchison, A.J.G. Hey: Gauge theories in particle physics (IOP Publishing)
    • M. Maggiore: A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Oxford University Press)
    • G. Münster: Von der Quantenfeldtheorie zum Standardmodell (de Gruyter, 2019)

  • Tutorials

    Tutor Time Room
    Dr. Amin Abou Ibrahim Fri., 10:00–12:00 (digitally) KP/TP 404 (via "zoom")
    Dr. Domenico Bonocore Fri., 14:00–16:00 (digitally) KP/TP 304 (via "zoom")

  • Problem sheets

    Exercise sheets can be downloaded from the LearnWeb portal in the "Problem sheets" folder. Solutions to be submitted must be uploaded to the LearnWeb, too.