87959 - RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS AND PATH INTEGRALS

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will learn the basic elements of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, and the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. The student will be familiar with the use of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations for the description of relativistic particles of spin 0 and 1/2 and will be able to master the path integral for setting up the perturbative expansions of interacting theories.

Course contents

Review of special relativity

Mechanics of relativistic particles

Klein-Gordon equation 

Dirac equation

Path integrals

Readings/Bibliography

Lecture notes.

Suggested books for further study:

Bjorken and Drell, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.

Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 1: Foundations.

Itzykson and Zuber, Quantum Field Theory.

Teaching methods

Lectures on blackboard

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Office hours

See the website of Fiorenzo Bastianelli