I on the other hand enjoyed Itzykson & Zuber’s textbook. It was very clear, . Real men learn QFT from the collected works of Julian Schwinger. Itzykson C., Zuber J.B., Quantum field theory. One of my personal This book will teach you that there is another way to do QFT. One that is. C. Itzykson and J.-B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory, McGraw-Hill, Corresponding chapters in books of Ryder, Peskin & Schroeder and Srednicki.
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First, you will need to install one of the recommended add-ons. QFT text for self-study? First a little background: A couple years ago, I completed the coursework in graduate school, but left grad school before getting my PhD because of reasons. I didn’t feel the book was particularly good as an introduction to QFT heck, the first chapter contains a large section on SUSY and assumed the reader had more group theory knowledge than I did at the timebut was better suited to somebody who already had some understanding of the subject.
Between that and my own shortcomings, I never felt like I got a solid grasp on the subject. I remember in particular being very confused about renormalization, so texts with excellent RN sections are a plus. Zee is good if you already have a decent idea of what’s qfh on, or a very good teacher to back you up.
The text is more of a novel than a comprehensive course. Itaykson also doesn’t go too in zuver over renormalization. Peskin and Schroeder is fine, in my opinion. I also like Srednicki, especially since a version can be found itzykskn line here: I had the hardest time reading Srednicki’s. It was just so I had to flip back and forth from part 11 to 78 then back to part 43 just to remember what was happening.
I feel Itzykson and Zuber’s book was more easier to read for beginners and it definitely itxykson more examples that you could grasp and give physical meaning too.
I don’t understand why people like Srednicki’s book.
I felt the same way igzykson it – it seemed like a series of vignettes with no continuous train of thought, skipping most of the details along the way.
But there are many people I respect, who are definitely at least as qualified as I am to judge QFT textbooks, who like Srednicki. And there are many of my fellow grad students in particle theory at my institution and others who swear by Srednicki. I’m particle theory as well, though. Usually you’ll find the condensed matter QFT addressed in statistical physics books qtt Kardar. The thing is that the needs of low energy and high energy physics tend to be quite different, so their methods in turn were developed separately.
Low energy studies are also seen as a lot itzykso “sexy” so there are fewer textbooks and those that are around tend to be rather cumbersome. Abrikosov, Gor’kov, and Dzyaloshinskii is really the classic text for condensed matter theory and lays for the foundation for damn near everything afterwards.
Fetter and Walecka makes a good addition as it’s more recent while still employing the same methodology. Altland and Simons is a new textbook that takes a very modern approach to condensed matter theory and introduces a number of QFT methods usually associated with the high energy side. It’s just an introduction, but I found http: I completely agree with this. For further reading Tong’s string theory notes are great and the other part 3 particle physics notes are also pretty good:. One of the high energy theorists at my school suber his own text when he teaches QFT.
He makes it available on his website for free. You can find it here. Not quite track suits. In the colder months it is sweatpants and a t-shirt. And in the summer shorts and a t-shirt.
All white, of course. The solutions help tremendously for the self study Also, all the books by greiner are really good to learn from because they have ALOT of worked examples Im not too sure if they cover topics like renormalization though Oh, the solutions will be extremely helpful for working through problems on my own.
I think that plus the good recommendations is enough to make me jump into Srednicki first. I think peskin and schroeder is generally very good. As you might expect, there are a lot of steps to fill in when you’re going through derivations.
However, sometimes they do not explain things. As an example in chapter 9 when they introduce functional methods, they set out to calculate feynman rules for scalar fields, but without using the generating functional.
To do so they define a lattice and introduce a Fourier series transformation on the field variables. They state that this is a unitary transformation, but it’s not. It’s unitary mod N. Then they write out the functional measure omitting factors arising due to the Jacobian and other things. To be sure, these factors cancel out eventually, but it was very confusing to me while reading.
Both are very cheap and have lots of worked examples. Again, be prepared to put in a lot of work and if you’re left scratching your head never hesitate to post on physicsforums or physics. Wow, that does sound like a messy derivation. Thanks for the recommendations. I’m prepared to deal with head scratching. It happened the first time I went through QFT in grad school, I’m sure it will happen again now that I haven’t been thinking about physics constantly for a while: I wouldn’t necessarily say messy, they’re just very cavalier at times and won’t hesitate to skip steps and omit clarifying explanations.
Their first chapter chapter 2 is probably one of the better introductions to QFT i’ve read, at least with motivating the need. Ryder’s Introduction to Quantum Field Theory is wonderful for self study. I also like Altland’s Condensed Matter Field Theory, but I am a condensed matter theorist, not a high-energy theorist, so it’s naturally a little more up my alley.
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Zee is good, but it is basically a book of introductions. Seconding Altand and Simons. Mandl seemed like a really good intro to me. Not where I learned what I learned from, but one of the ones I wished I had known about earlier Its what Zee recommends in the back of his book. My main text was Ryder, but I found it very tough going. In hindsight it now seems like an excellent book, but again as an introduction, eh.
Maybe I was underprepared. I watched these video lectures. Itzykson and Zuber I’ve found to be basically incomprehensible, your mileage may vary. Before anybody suggests it, don’t get within 20 yards of a copy of Weinberg. It will suck the soul out of your eyes. Not an introduction, but once you’re a guru it is supposedly the place to go. Also maybe check out Bjorken and Drell. I think there is something to be said for starting with a non relativistic perspective that you won’t find in many particle physics texts at all.
Relativistic index juggling can be an extra layer of confusion to add to an already dense subject, although you get used to it fast. The great Sidney Coleman has a set of lectures up from the 70s. Its fascinating to watch him chain smoke in the classroom, but the board is completely unreadable. The notes from the course have been latexed and are on arxiv. The Notes are fantastic. The Abdus Salam something something has video lectures up too http: Also a set of Lecture Notes by Prof Preskill that looked really good that I’ve been meaning to get at http: At first, I read this as “use that library card and a shotgun Peskin and Schroeder is good if you want to dive into actually computing things.
Brown’s book is really good for dragging you through the fundamentals of what’s actually going on in the functional formalism, Srednicki is also excellent for this. Primarily because there is an excellent solutions manual out there, and i dont know about the rest of you but I learn by seeing worked out problems and solutions.