Physics 526: Quantum Electrodynamics

General Information

Hennings 301
Tue+Thu, 9:30-11:00am
(Sep.3-Nov.29, 2013)
David Morrissey
(604) 222-7697
Make sure to fill out the online course evaluation!
Teaching Assistant:
Mirko Moller

Office Hours:
Fridays, 10am-12pm
Hennings 319

An introduction to quantum field theory
Michael E. Peskin, Daniel V. Schroeder. (required)

Quantum Field Theory
Mark Srednicki. (very strongly recommended)
Quantum Field Theory
Lewis H. Ryder. (recommended)
Online Notes on QFT:


Grading Scheme (subject to change)

Course Notes

(All of Them!)
  1. Notation and Background
  2. Classical Field Theory
  3. Quantizing the Scalar
  4. Interacting Scalars
  5. Feynman Rules and Scattering
  6. Poincaré and Particles
  7. Fun with Fermions
  8. Quantum Fermions
  9. Interacting Fermions
  10. Quantum Electrodynamics
  11. Quantizing the Photon
  12. Path Integral Quantization

Homework Assignments

  1. Notation and Background (Sept.10)
  2. Classical Fields (Sept.17)
  3. Quantum Scalars (Sept.24)
  4. Interacting Scalars (Oct.1)
  5. Matrix Elements (Oct.8)
  6. Feynman and Cross Sections (Oct.15)
  7. Groups and Poincaré (Oct.22)
  8. Fermionic Fun (Oct.29)
  9. Quantum Fermions (Nov.5)
  10. Interactions with Fermions (Nov.12)
  11. QED Processes and More (Nov.19)
  12. Path Integrals (Nov.26)

Final Project