The course starts with an introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics with the Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations. Then the Lagrange formulation of field theories and the relation between symmetries and conserved quantities are treated. After this the scalar, Dirac and photon fields are quantised, using canonical quantisation, and annihilation and creation operators are introduced together with propagators. Then the S-matrix expansion is treated and the Feynman rules for quantum electrodynamics (QED) are derived. Finally QED to lowest order is applied to different scattering processes like e.g. Compton scattering.
90 credits including Quantum Mechanics 2 and either General Relativity or Electrodynamics II or equivalent. Swedish for basic eligibility for higher education programmes and English A/5. Requirements for Swedish only apply if the course is held in Swedish.
Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.
Application deadline was
15 October 2019.
Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.