Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetimes

  • Lecturers: Rainer Verch, Thomas-Paul Hack
  • Dates lecture: Wednesday 11:15 - 12:45 and Thursday 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date exercises: Monday 09:00-10:30 (starts 11 Apr.)
  • Room: Leipzig University, ITP, Brüderstr. 16, Room 114 (1st floor)
  • Language: English
  • Target audience: MSc students, PhD students, Postdocs
  • Content (Keywords): Quantum Field Theory on Minkowski Spacetime, Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetimes and Applications
  • Remarks: See the lecture homepage for updates.


The lecture will start with Quantum Field Theory (QFT) on Minkowski spacetime and discuss the relevant concepts and results. The second half will give an introduction to QFT on curved spacetimes and applications.

Topics include:

  • quantum fields and particles
  • the mathematical framework of QFT
  • spin and statistics, PCT
  • models of quantum fields
  • concepts of locality and covariance
  • Hawking effect
  • semi-classical gravity
  • QFT and cosmological inflation                

This lecture is one half of the "Quantum/Gravity Double Feature", the other half being the lecture on General Relativity by Stefan Hollands. The lectures are planned as a double feature, but are each self-contained and can hence also be attended separately.

Regular Lectures (Summer 2016)

15.10.2018, 13:56