Teaching plan for the course unit

 

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General information

 

Course unit name: Frontiers of Theoretical Physics

Course unit code: 568437

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: David Julian Mateos Sole

Department: Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics

Credits: 6

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150

 

Face-to-face learning activities

60

 

-  Lecture

 

48

 

-  Lecture with practical component

 

12

Supervised project

45

Independent learning

45

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

CG3, CB6, CB7, CB9, CB10, CG5, CG6, CG7, CE5, CE1, CE2, CE3, CE9.

 

 

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

To understand the limitations of perturbation theory in Quantum Field Theory. To be able to extract predictions from Grand Unified Theories and from Supersymmetric Theories. To learn how to describe strongly coupled systems by means of the Gauge/String duality. 

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. RENORMALIZATION GROUP.

2. INTRODUCTION TO SUPERSYMMETRY

3. INTRODUCTION TO THE GAUGE/STRING DUALITY.

4. INTRODUCTION TO GRAND UNIFIED THEORIES.

5. PHENOMENOLOGY OF SUPERSYMMETRIC THEORIES.

6. OPEN PROBLEMS IN COSMOLOGY.

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

Theory lectures and lectures on problem resolution.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Evaluation: This will be based on homework assignments throughout the course, and/or an interview at the end of each part of the course, and/or a written exam at the end of each part of the course. 

Reevaluation: This will take place in September with rules analogous to those for the evaluation. 

 

 

 

Reading and study resources

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Book

Peskin, Michael E. ; Schroeder, Daniel V. An Introduction to quantum field theory. Reading (Mass.) : Addison Wesley, 1998  EnllaƧ

https://cercabib.ub.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1330066?lang=cat  EnllaƧ

Wess, Julius ; Bagger, Jonathan. Supersymmetry and supergravity. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1992   EnllaƧ


https://cercabib.ub.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1062777?lang=cat  EnllaƧ

Electronic text

O.Aharony, S.S.Gubser, J.M.Maldacena, H.Ooguri and Y.Oz,
``Large N field theories, string theory and gravity,’
 Phys. Rept.  323, 183 (2000)  [hep-th/9905111].

D.~Mateos,``String Theory and Quantum Chromodynamics,’
  Class. Quant. Grav. 24, S713 (2007)  [arXiv:0709.1523 [hep-th]].

J.Casalderrey-Solana, H.Liu, D.Mateos, K.Rajagopal and U.A.Wiedemann,
  ``Gauge/String Duality, Hot QCD and Heavy Ion Collisions,’ arXiv:1101.0618 [hep-th].