8.851 Effective Field Theory


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Covers the framework and tools of effective field theory, including: identifying degrees of freedom and symmetries; power counting expansions (dimensional and otherwise); field redefinitions, bottom-up and top-down effective theories; fine-tuned effective theories; matching and Wilson coefficients; reparameterization invariance; and advanced renormalization group techniques. Main examples are taken from particle and nuclear physics, including the Soft-Collinear Effective Theory.

This class has 8.324 as a prerequisite.

8.851 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by I. Stewart.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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