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SI2410 Quantum Field Theory 7.5 credits

"Quantum Field Theory" is a course in which one should learn functional integral formalisms for quantum field theories. In addition, important examples of quantum field theoretical models in particle physics and condensed matter physics will be discussed. The concepts of renormalization and regularization in quantum field theory will be described and the idea of effective models will be mentioned.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Engineering Physics, åk 2, TFYA, Conditionally Elective


P1 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

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Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Sandhya Choubey (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SI2410 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Symmetries and the Noether's theorem. Path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. Functional integral formulation of quantum field theory. Introduction to perturbation theory for functional integrals. Introduction to renormalization and regularization. Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories. Quantization of gauge theories. Quantum electrodynamics. Quantum chromodynamics. Anomalies in perturbation theory. Gauge theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking. Quantization of spontaneously broken gauge theories. Symmetry breaking and Goldstone's theorem. The BCS model. The Higgs mechanism. Mean-field theory and the Hartree-Fock method.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course you should be able to:

  • use functional integrals and perturbation theory in quantum field theory.
  • apply renormalization and regularization with quantum field theory.
  • have knowledge about gauge theories as well as quantum electrodynamics and quantum chromodynamics.
  • know spontaneously broken gauge theories as BCS theory and the Higgs model.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

Advanced Quantum Mechanics.
Relativistic Quantum Physics.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Hand in assignments (INL1; 4.5 hp) and an oral exam (TEN1; 3 hp).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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Sandhya Choubey (