Near the beginning I presented a list of topics I was going to cover. At this stage, I think it is appropriate to present a list of topics I've already covered, with links to the posts covering them, then to briefly outline the steps which still remain.

Pre-Series posts on Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Particle Physics

- An Introduction to Relativity
- Relativistic Velocity Transformations
- Four-Vector Relativistic Velocity Transformations
- Classical Electrodynamics
- Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: The Klein-Gordon Equation
- The Quantum Mechanics of Neutrino Oscillations

The 'Road to QFT' Series

- Lagrangian Mechanics: From the Principle of Least Action to the Euler-Lagrange Equation
- Lagrangian Mechanics: From the Euler-Lagrange Equation to Newton's Laws
- Lagrangian Mechanics: From the Euler-Lagrange Equation to Simple Harmonic Motion
- From Lagrangian to Hamiltonian Mechanics
- Symmetries, Conserved Quantities and Noether's Theorem
- The Mathematics of Special Relativity

Out-of-Series Posts

Roadmap

- Relativistic Electrodynamics (Covariant Formulation of Maxwell's Equations)
- Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: From Schrödinger to Klein-Gordon
- Relativistic Quantum Mechanics II: The Dirac Equation and Spin
- Symmetries and the Gauge Principle
- Quantum Electrodynamics (QED)
- Aside on Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD)
- SU(2) and Electroweak Unification
- Aside on Superconductivity (maybe...)
- Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and the Higgs Mechanism

Yay! QFT!

ReplyDeleteDo you have a favorite QFT text for self study?

I have a favourite QFT text. Whether it is particularly great for self study I'm not sure, but it seems to be readable and things are generally well explained.

ReplyDeleteWhen I had some courses on the topic I worked through the chapters of the book slightly ahead of the course, so I guess it could work.

Gauge Theories in Particle Physics (Volumes I and II), IJR Aitchison & AJG Hey (Taylor & Francis, 2003)

Volume I covers relativistic quantum mechanics and QED, Voulume II covers QCD and the Electroweak Theory.

I forgot to mention that I'm referring to the third edition, which consists of two volumes. The first and (I believe) second editions were a single volume.

ReplyDeleteWhoa, Nelly! Gauge theory sounds like a big leap.

ReplyDeleteAll I've had so far is Intro to QM out of Griffiths.

The gauge theory stuff pretty much starts from there. If you work through most of the stuff in Griffiths first, you should be in a position to start Aitchison & Hey.

ReplyDeleteYou may want to leave the later chapters of Griffiths (on electroweak unification) until after reading the first volume of A&H though!