Digestible Quantum Field Theory

  • Andrei Smilga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Aperitif

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 3-7
  3. Hors d’Oeuvres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 17-29
    3. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 31-56
    4. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 57-86
  4. Chef’s Secrets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 89-106
    3. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 107-122
    4. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 123-139
  5. Entrées

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 143-157
    3. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 159-176
    4. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 177-209
    5. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 211-241
  6. Trou Normand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Andrei Smilga
      Pages 245-261
  7. Dessert

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263

About this book


This book gives an intermediate level treatment of quantum field theory, appropriate to a reader with a first degree in physics and a working knowledge of special relativity and quantum mechanics. It aims to give the reader some understanding of what QFT is all about, without delving deep into actual calculations of Feynman diagrams or similar.

The author serves up a seven‐course menu, which begins with a brief introductory Aperitif. This is followed by the Hors d'oeuvres, which set the scene with a broad survey of the Universe, its theoretical description, and how the ideas of QFT developed during the last century. In the next course, the Art of Cooking, the author recaps on some basic facts of analytical mechanics, relativity, quantum mechanics and also presents some nutritious “extras” in mathematics (group theory at the elementary level) and in physics (theory of scattering). After these preparations, the reader should have a good appetite for the Entrées ‐ the central par

t of the book where the Standard Model is described and explained. 

After Trou Normand, the restive pause including human stories about physicists and no formulas, the author serves the Dessert, devoted to supersymmetry (a very beautiful theory that is still awaiting a direct experimental confirmation), to general relativity and to the mystery of quantum gravity.  


Concepts of quantum field theory Gravity and QFT QFT and the Standard Model QFT for nonspecialists Quantum electrodynamics and chromodynamics Strong and weak interactions Supersymmetric theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrei Smilga
    • 1
  1. 1.SUBATECHUniversity of NantesNantesFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59922-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59920-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59922-9
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