Fakultät für Physik




TVI/TMP-TB1: Quantum Electrodynamics – Overview


About the lecture

Time and place

Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., in A348

Exercises by Daniel Jaud (E-mail Daniel.Jaud@physik.uni-muenchen.de)




For informations about the exam see folder "News"!



  • Relativistic Fields
  • Field Quantization
  • S-matrix and Perturbation Theory
  • Feynman Graphs
  • Scattering Processes
  • Introduction to Renormalization



Quantum electrodynamics (QED) is one of the most successful scientific theories. As a gauge theory, it is also the prototype for the description of the strong and electroweak interactions . The Course offers in the context of QED an introduction to relativistic quantum field theory and the method of Feynman diagrams as well as a discussion of important applications (e.g. elementary scattering processes as Lepton-pair production and Compton scattering, vacuum polarization)



  • F. Mandl, G. Shaw: Quantum Field Theory, (John Wiley and Sons Ltd.), (good for lecture)
  • M. Peskin, D. Schroeder: Quantum Field Theory, (Addison Wesley), (standard QFT book, in library available)
  • A. Zee: QFT in a Nutshell, (also in library)
  • Landau, Lifschitz: Vol. IV QED, (also in library)
  • O. Nachtmann, Elementarteilchenphysik - Phänomene und Konzepte
  • M. Maggiore: A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, (Oxford University Press), (short and cheap, also in library)
  • D. Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles, (Wiley-VCH), (uesfull for the second part of the lecture, also in library)
  • R. Feynman: Quantenelektrodynamik, eine Vorlesungsmitschrift, (Oldenburg), (QED taught by the goodfather himself)
  • R. Feynman: QED, the strange theory of light and matter (nice book for light reading)
  • E. Rebhan: Theoretische Physik: Relativistische Quantenmechanik, Quantenfeldtheorie und Elementarteilchentheorie, (Spekturm), (interesting for people attending to stay in theoretical particle physics, also in library)
  • F. Schwabl: Advanced Quantum Mechanics, (Springer), (a good book for people also participating in the QM II course and whishing to have one book for two courses, also in library)

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Daniel Jaud