Fakultät für Physik




TVI/TMP-TB1: Quantum Electrodynamics – Overview


About the lecture

Time and place

Monday and Wednesday 14:00-16:00, Theresienstr. 37 - A 348

The objective of this lecture is to introduce the quantum theory of fields (QFT) with applications in quantum electrodynamics (QED). Besides basic knowledge in special relativity and quantum mechanics, no prior knowledge is assumed for the general framework. Concerning applications elementary familiarity with electrodynamics as a classical field theory helps.

The exam has been corrected and the grades are displayed outside of A327. The exam review will take place on Friday the 13th in A318 at 16:00.

Topic overview:

  • States and observables in a general framework
  • Symmetries in quantum mechanics
  • Axioms of quantum field theory
  • The role of causality
  • Perturbative quantum field theory and scattering theory
  • Elementary scattering processes
  • Not so elementary scattering processes
  • The need for finite renormalisation
  • A modern algebraic perspective


  • G. Scharf, Finite Quantum Electrodynamics: The Causal Approach (Springer)
  • T. Banks, Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
  • R. Haag, Local Quantum Physics (Springer)
  • C. Itzykson and J.B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory (Mc Graw-Hill)
  • M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory (Cambridge University Press)
  • S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields (Cambridge University Press)


Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Alexis Kassiteridis