Physics 215c, Quantum Field Theory, Spring 2015

Professor: John McGreevy
Office: 5222 Mayer Hall
mcgreevy at
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:30 -- colloquium, or by appointment. 

Homework and solutions
Lecture notes and other materials
Announcements Date
The last lecture will be Tuesday June 9 (usual time and place).
So the paper is due then (note that there was a calendar error in the paper assignment document).
Submission instructions for the final paper: Please email me a pdf copy. It would save me a little time if you name the file in the following format:
You can give me a paper copy, too, if you want.
Problem set 4 is due on Tuesday May 12. Sorry for the confusion. 2015.05.05
I've posted to the homeworks page the paper assignment with a preliminary, by-no-means-exhaustive list of some possible topics. I will add to the list as I think of more topics. 2015.04.03
This is a reminder that there is no lecture on Thursday (April 16). We'll make it up during finals week. See you tomorrow. 2015.04.13
Problem Sets 00 and 01 are posted on the homeworks page. 2015.03.31
Welcome to Physics 215C! Please look at the administrative information posted on the lecture notes and handouts page. Some highlights are listed below. 2015.03.24

Text: My lecture notes.
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee, 2nd edition. (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)

Other possibly useful texts, which have been placed on reserve at S&E Library, include:

Gauge fields and strings by A.M. Polyakov
Aspects of Symmetry by S. Coleman (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)
Quantum field theory of many-body systems by X. G. Wen
Quantum Phase Transitions by S. Sachdev
Boulevard of broken symmetries: effective field theories of condensed matter by Adriaan M.J. Schakel
Field theories of condensed matter systems by Eduardo Fradkin
Condensed Matter Field Theory by Alexander Altland And Ben Simons (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)
Statistical Physics Of Fields Mehran Kardar

Also recommended:
Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Matthew Schwartz
Modern Quantum Field Theory by Tom Banks
Quantum Field Theory by Mark Srednicki
The Physics of Quantum Fields Mike Stone

Course Times: Lecture: T-Th 11:00-12:20, Mayer Hall 5301

Homework: Yes. Due in class (or dropped off earlier).

Exams: No.

Final paper: Yes, but a short one.