FY8308 - Advanced Quantum Field Theory


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Normally given every other year, next time autumn 2024. The course is a continuation of FY3464 Quantum Field Theory I and TFY4210 Quantum theory of Solids. 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 applications. General competence: The candidate should be able to apply abstract mathematical models to concrete physical problems, get training in oral scientific presentations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions or student seminars. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Task

Further on evaluation

Oral Exam. Compulsory activity.

Required previous knowledge

FY3464 Quantum field theory I or TFY4210 Quantum Theory of Solids or similar knowledge.

Course materials

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

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


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