Theory of Fundamental Interactions

An on-site course

by Bohdan Grządkowski

the first class on October 6th

Institute of Theoretical Physics

Faculty of Physics

University of Warsaw

office: 4.48

phone: +48 22 5532848


Winter semester 2021/22

lectures: Wednesday 14:15-16:00, room 2.03

class: Thursday 17:15-19:00, room 2.07

LHC: Higgs boson decaying to two photons (Copyright by CERN).

The course grading:

  • homework problems,
  • middle-term test,
  • final written and oral exam,
  • material for the exam limited exclusively to the lecture notes posted below,
  • the final grade is based on results obtained from solutions of homework problems, the mid-term test, written exam and oral exam entering with the same weight.

    Office hours: Wednesdays 4:30 p.m.

    Middle-term test: December 20th, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., classroom 1.03


  • written: February 1st 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., classroom B2.38
  • oral: February 2nd 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 6 p.m., classroom 2.22

    Resit exam:

  • written: February 22nd 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., classroom 2.22
  • oral: February 23rd 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., classroom 2.23

    Recommended textbooks:

  • M. Maggiore, "A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory"
  • Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li, "Gauge theory of elementary particle physics"
  • S. Weinberg, "The Quantum Theory of Fields", vol 1
  • F. Mandl, G. Show, "Quantum Field Theory"

    Lecture notes:

    1. notes 1a
    2. notes 1b
    3. notes 1c
    4. The Goldstone model and the Higgs mechanism
    5. The Goldstone Theorem
    6. Quantization of a free scalar field
    7. Quantization of a free U(1) gauge field
    8. Quantization of a free fermion field
    9. The scattering matrix
    10. Cross sections and decay rates
    11. The Feynman rules
    12. The Standard Model


    1. Homework problems 1
    2. Homework problems 2
    3. Homework problems 2a
    4. Homework problems 3

    Homework requirements:

    1. all solutions must be contained within one pdf file of volume not exceeding 6 MB,
    2. one page of the uploaded/sent file may contain only one A4 page of the paper solution,
    3. all pages must have visible page numbers,
    4. handwriting must be clear and readable.

    Training problems:

    1. Training problems

    Questions for the oral exam:

    1. Questions for the oral exam

    Copyright © 2013 by Bohdan Grządkowski. All copyrights reserved for all original material presented in this course through any medium, including lecture or print.