Universität Wien FIND

260009 VO Quantum fields in curved space-time (2018S)

2.50 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik

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Language: German, English

Examination dates

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.03. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 13.03. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 20.03. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 10.04. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 17.04. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 24.04. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 08.05. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 15.05. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 29.05. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 05.06. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 12.06. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 19.06. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
Tuesday 26.06. 09:15 - 10:45 Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the basic theory of quantized free fields in curved space-times and its applications to early-time cosmology and black hole physics. The contents of the course will be roughly divided into the following topics:

1) A toy model: the driven harmonic oscillator
2) Quantum field theory in Minkowski space-time, the particle concept, the Casimir effect.
3) A brief introduction to the description of curved space-times in the language of differential geometry.
4) General theory of free quantum fields in curved space-time, choice of vacuum, Bogolyubov transformations.
5) Application to quantum fields in cosmological space-times and the theory of inflation.
6) Quantum field theory for uniformly accelerating observers in Minkowski space-time (Rindler space-time), the Unruh effect.
7) Quantum fields in black hole space-times. Hawking radiation. Introduction to black hole thermodynamics.

If time permits, some more advanced topics such as path integral techniques, effective actions and heat kernel methods to compute effective actions will be treated as well.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic assessment of the contents of the course

Examination topics

Contents of the lectures and application to simple examples.

Reading list


Association in the course directory

MaG 16

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