Effective Field Theory Reading Course

Guy Leckenby gleckenby at triumf.ca
Tue Apr 28 11:37:49 PDT 2020

Hi Marianne,

This sounds like an awesome idea! I haven't done any decent QFT stuff, but I feel like after group theory I've got at least a basic handle on tensor stuff again. As a result, I'd be interested but don't think I'd have the mastery required to do any presentations. What do you think? The syllabus looks pretty intimidating.

From: grads <grads-bounces at trmail.triumf.ca> on behalf of Marianne Moore <mmoore at triumf.ca>
Sent: Monday, 27 April 2020 4:16 PM
To: grads at lists.triumf.ca <grads at trmail.triumf.ca>
Subject: Effective Field Theory Reading Course

Hello everyone,

I plan to run a reading course on effective field theory over the Summer term, based on the edX course by Prof. Iain Stewart from MIT (https://www.edx.org/course/effective-field-theory<https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.edx.org%2Fcourse%2Feffective-field-theory&data=02%7C01%7Cgleckenby%40triumf.ca%7C70e92aaa5c354b84a18508d7eb012047%7Cc20535109cb34679a2d38f442e03b587%7C1%7C0%7C637236262415196084&sdata=UsZ4yUeRG6zpskklyJXcVe3B0P0E0KPNeYzufbjCk2s%3D&reserved=0>). The topic requires that you have some familiarity with quantum field theory. I’ve included at the end of the email a description of the course by Iain Stewart, and attached the detailed syllabus.

The general idea is that people watch the videos corresponding to the week’s topic, and on Fridays afternoon (2-4 pm) we meet up through videoconferencing with Zoom. The first hour will be a presentation, and the second hour will be a discussion of problems, both of which will be led by an assigned presenter.

Please respond to this email no later than Thursday, April 30 if you are interested. I would like to have a quick meeting on Friday (May 1st) at 3pm so we can meet face to face (on video), discuss our goals and what we would like to learn from this experience, and if the scheduling works for everyone (or what accommodates the majority).


Marianne Moore
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