Introduction to Quantized Fields

QED, Electroweak Theory, and QCD via a Selection of Original Papers

Authors: Bostock, Christopher J.

  • Offers a concise overview of the structure of QFT, and analyses key early QED papers of the founders of the field including Fermi and Bethe
  • Presents an in-depth discussion of Bethe’s calculation of the Lamb shift
  • Describes the role that renormalization plays in formulating quantum field theories
  • Gives an overview of the concerns of notable physicists such as Dirac, Schwinger, and H. S. Green with renormalization techniques
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This short book approaches quantum field theory via the study of a selection of important papers in QED, electroweak theory and QCD. It places emphasis on Fermi and Bethe’s original papers involving the non-covariant formulation of QED; their formalism is transparent and played an historically important role in the development of QFT. Although the field has changed dramatically since their time, it is prudent to understand Bethe’s use of renormalization of mass in the calculation of the Lamb shift before embarking on a study of renormalization group techniques and running coupling constants that underpin concepts in QCD.  Renormalization is an underlying theme in the development of quantum field theory, and Ken Wilson’s work and the advent of effective field theory is also addressed.  The modern view of renormalization is contrasted with the initial concerns of Dirac and others who were opposed to renormalization techniques.

This book is aimed at graduate students who have mastered quantum mechanics and special relativity, and are about to embark on a study of QED, and QFT in general.  It provides an invaluable framework for a reader to subsequently work through standard QFT textbooks.

About the authors

Chris Bostock completed his BSc.Hons. degree in the Department of Physics and Mathematical Physics at Adelaide University, and his PhD and postdoctoral work in the research field of relativistic electron scattering in the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Curtin University.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Quantized Fields
Book Subtitle
QED, Electroweak Theory, and QCD via a Selection of Original Papers
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63642-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63641-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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