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Books for QFT calculations 
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Apr3008, 02:23 AM

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Hi all,
I'm currently learning QFT out of Mandl and Shaw supplemented by Peskin and Schroeder. What are the best books for getting experience with QED calculations? Problems with worked solutions would be ideal. 


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Apr3008, 05:33 AM

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We have bookquestion section on this forum, see "Academic & Career Guidance" > "Science Book Reviews"
Anyway, I found these: http://www.amazon.com/ProblemBookQ...9551429&sr=11 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/354...4NT276HPJNWTPF http://www.amazon.com/QuantumField...551353&sr=818 These at least have worked out examples. 


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Apr3008, 09:45 AM

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I think Ryder is definitely worth having.
Another note. Are you learning QED or are you learning QFT? Because QFT contains a lot of things that you simply won't see in QED, so it's good to keep a broad outlook (anomalies*, nonabelian gauge theories, nonperturbative effects). * Well, more than what is in QED. 


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Apr3008, 09:47 AM

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Apr3008, 01:50 PM

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If you focus on QED and up to one loop only, there is not much to calculate. And all the basic calculations are done in the standard QFT books (I love Srednicki's book) 


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Apr3008, 06:55 PM

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Itzykson and Zuber's book is well known for including lots of computational details:
http://www.amazon.com/QuantumField.../dp/0486445682 


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May108, 05:27 AM

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We're going to cover basically the first 9 chapters of Mandl and Shaw: Lagrangian field theory, Klein gordon and Dirac field, covariant photon theory, Smatrix expansion, Feynmann diagrams and rules, QED processes in lowest order and radiative corrections.
No multiloop expansions. I will be learning nonabelian gauge theories and the standard model, but not for another 2 months or so. 


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May108, 10:59 AM

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Correct me if I am wrong by Mandl and Shaw only use canonical quantization, right? No path integral? SO if I think about books that are pedagogically good and which are suitable at the level you are pursuing now, I would say that Srednicki would be very valuable. Maybe also Maggiore (A moderne introduction to quantum field theory). 


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