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Quantum Recommendations for Textbooks

  1. Jul 28, 2015 #1
    Hello All,

    I was wondering if anybody could recommend some really good, graduate-level textbooks or sources on quantum field theory and antiparticles. I've browsed through several QFT titles, but if anyone has any books they think would be a good grad-level introduction I'd be grateful.

    I'm also hoping to find a textbook devoted to anti-particles, but that has been a lot harder to find. At most I've only found a chapter or half a chapter here or there on the subject. Does anyone know of any books that deal with this topic in a rigorous fashion?

    Thanks~
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2015 #2

    vanhees71

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    I'd start with Ryder or Bailin-Love. More recently there's also the great book by Schwartz. For all the details after having a first introduction the best is Weinberg, Quantum Theory of Fields (3 vols.).

    I don't know, what you mean by "rigorous". There's no fully rigorous treatment of QFT (at least not for realistic theories in 1+3 space-time dimensions). For a somewhat more rigorous treatment of perturbative QED, see Scharff, Finite Quantum Electrodynamics.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2015 #3
    Thank you! Just to be clear, you're talking about 'Intro to Gauge Field Theory' and 'Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model' right? Those sound like just what I was looking for.

    What I meant was that I'm looking for something that's written for a technical or scientific audience. I've come across a lot of things that describe anti-particles in a quantitative way, or sort of give a general overview without delving into the minute details and mathematics. The work that I have managed to find that goes into detail mathematically has been limited to portions of chapters in larger books about particle physics, or something similar. I was hoping that there is a book out there that focuses on anti-particles specifically, but if one exists I haven't been able to find it.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2015 #4

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    I think you should start with Schwartz. What do you mean by "specific focus on anti-particles"? As you'll learn soon, local microcausal relativistic QFT forces you to introduce particles and anti-particles. You can also manage to make special constraints on the fields such that a particle is its own anti-particle (like the photon).
     
  6. Jul 30, 2015 #5

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    Another set of notes by Schwartz, which are like a short version of his book is http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic521209.files/QFT-Schwartz.pdf.
     
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