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Books for QFT calculations

  1. Apr 30, 2008 #1
    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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  3. Apr 30, 2008 #2


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    We have book-question section on this forum, see "Academic & Career Guidance" --> "Science Book Reviews"

    Anyway, I found these:



    These at least have worked out examples.
  4. Apr 30, 2008 #3
    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*, non-abelian gauge theories, non-perturbative effects).

    * Well, more than what is in QED.
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    I'm moving this there. Perhaps the OP should do a search of the book review forum, since there are a plethora of threads on books for QFT.
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    Do you really mean QED specifically? And at what level are you interested? I mean do you want to go into multiloop calculations?

    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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  8. May 1, 2008 #7
    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, S-matrix expansion, Feynmann diagrams and rules, QED processes in lowest order and radiative corrections.

    No multi-loop expansions.

    I will be learning non-abelian gauge theories and the standard model, but not for another 2 months or so.
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    Ok. SO you basically simply need a good QFT book as an extra reference?

    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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