FY8308 - Advanced Quantum Field Theory


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2017/2018

Course content

Normally given every other year.

The course is a continuation of FY3464 Quantum Field Theory I and TFY4210 Quantum theory of many particle systems.

Renormalization and the renormalization group. Critical phenomena. Spontaneous symmetry breakdown. The Goldstone theorem. The Higgs mechanism. Effective field theories and applications.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to obtain insight into the most important aspects of quantum field theories.

In particular, students are expected to obtain knowledge about the
renormalization group, critical phenomena, thermal field theory,
symmetries and symmetry breaking, effective field theories and

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

FY3464 Quantum field theory I or TFY4210 Quantum theory of many particle systems or similar knowledge.

Course materials

A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press;
M. Kachelriess: Lecture notes for FY3464 and FY3466.


Detailed timetable


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.