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Three graduate level study groups are starting at superstringtheory.com

this fall (course descriptions below). All study groups are free, offered

by physicists who want to have great discussions about physics.

Registration is open at:

http://www.superstringtheory.com/school/index.html [Broken]

Previous courses have been popular with theoretical physicists and

mathematicians wanting to learn a new topic outside of their

specialization, experimental physicists wanting to learn more theory,

and with physicists who are no longer active in research but still love

physics. More study groups and a journal club are planned. We hope

you, or someone you know, will join us.

Cheers,

Gavin Polhemus

Seiberg Witten Theory (sst105)

Dualities in supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories have provided great

insight into the strong coupling behavior of quantum field theories. We

will read "Duality in Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theory" by Michael

Peskin (available free online), which uses supersymmetric QCD to

explore the confinement of quarks into mesons and baryons, symmetry

breaking, and other features of strongly coupled gauge theories. We will

study the celebrated Seiberg-Witten model, as well as the Affleck-Dine-

Seiberg Superpotential and Seiberg's non-Abelian electric-magnetic

duality.

This course covers advanced graduate level physics. Participants

should be comfortable with quantum field theory (at the level of Peskin

and Schroeder, "Introduction to Quantum Field Theory"), and have some

familiarity with supersymmetry (I like Weinberg, "The Quantum Theory of

Fields III, Supersymmetry").

Instructor Gavin Polhemus has a B.S. in Physics from Stanford

University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. His

research has focused on Matrix Theory, a candidate for a

nonperturbative formulation of string theory.

Quantum Field Theory (qft101)

The goal of this study group is to learn the fundamentals of quantum

field theory (QFT) using the book "An Introduction to Quantum Field

Theory" by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder. By the end of the

11 weeks study group, we will have learned the basic concepts of QFT as

well as how to carry explicit calculations using Feynman diagrams

involving spin 0, spin 1/2 and spin 1 particles. Many of the applications

will involve the simplest quantum field theory with real life applications,

quantum electrodynamics. We will do explicit calculations of both tree

level (lowest order in the perturbative expansion) and loop diagrams. If

there is sufficient interest, this could be followed by a second study

group covering renormalization in more details and a third study group

to cover path integral quantization and the Standard Model.

QFT 101 covers graduate level physics. This study group is for

students who are comfortable with quantum mechanics, special relativity

and calculus.

Instructor Patrick Labelle has a Masters degree and a PhD from

Cornell University and a postdoc from McGill University. His research was

on using renormalization to simplify calculations of nonrelativistic

bound states. He has been teaching for the last six years.

Quantum Mechanics (qm101)

Quantum Mechanics 101 is graduate-level nonrelativistic quantum

mechanics course which will prepare the student for more advanced

topics such as quantum field theory. The textbook is

"Modern Quantum Mechanics" by the late Sakurai.

The prerequisites are: complex linear algebra, complex analysis,

graduate level classical mechanics and electromagnetism, and basic

quantum or wave mechanics.

This course is not about mathematical physics, so we don't do

axiomatic quantum mechanics, and some more subtle parts of Hilbert

space mathematics are put under the carpet. For a more rigorous

treatment please see "Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics"

by John von Neumann. We will study theory to be able to use it in

problem solving, so solving exercises will be a major part of the course.

The tutor, Patrick Van Esch, holds Master degrees in Electrical

Engineering and in Physics, as well as a PhD. in experimental particle

physics from the Free University of Brussels. He has held different

teaching and research positions, and is currently involved with neutron

instrumentation research at the Institut Laue Langevin. His pastime is

theoretical physics.

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