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Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime

Lecturer: Níckolas de Aguiar Alves, MSc (Federal University of ABC – Brazil)

Dates: October 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 13th

Schedule: 3 pm–5 pm (UTC), 12 pm–2 pm (BRT)

Description: I shall provide an introduction to quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Our goal will be to derive the Unruh effect and use it as an example of many techniques employed in the community: the algebraic approach, Fock space quantization, path integral techniques, and particle detectors. We shall also discuss a bit about the Hawking effect. In the last lecture, I shall discuss my recent contributions to the area by means of the functional renormalization group. This technique hasn’t been much explored within QFTCS settings so far.

Pre-requisites: I shall assume that the students are familiar with quantum mechanics and open-minded with general relativity, in the sense that while detailed general relativistic calculations will not be necessary, some imagination about curved spacetime may be necessary. Previous knowledge of quantum field theory is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Lecture notes: available here.