Title: Quantum Field Theory Seminar Series
Speaker: James Carlson
- Review of canonical quantization and the discrete space model
- Free field theory: Klein Gordon Equations
- Interactions, scattering, and a second look at Feynman diagrams
- Path integral approach
One goal is to understand most of the first chapter of A. Zee's "Quantum Theory in a Nutshell," which contains such nuggets as why scalar fields result in attractive forces. This is the story behind Hideki Yukawa's prediction of the existence of the pi meson, which mediates the strong interaction that holds nuclei together.