Eddy Ardonne Fysikum

Introduction to Conformal Field Theory - Fall 2013

During the fall semester of 2013, I will teach an introductory course in Conformal Field Theory. This course will start from the basics, and not assume any previous knowledge of conformal field theory. Some basic knowledge about quantum field theory will definitely be helpful, but it is certainly possible to follow this course, and the course FK8017 (also given during the fall of 2013) in parallel.

The course will consist of lectures (once a week, 2 times 45 minutes), as well as exercise sets, which will be provided. For the basics, I will be following (parts of) `Conformal Field Theory', by Di Francesco, P. Mathieu and Sénéchal (Springer, New York, 1997). It is not necessary to buy the book. The more advanced topics covered during the last third of this course will be adjusted according to the interst of the students. For possibilities, see the web-pages for the previous courses: webpage of the 2008 course and webpage of the 2011 course, and the list below. For the more advanced topics, I will hand out additional material.



This course will be a 7.5 point (ECTS) course. In order to receive credit for the course, one has to hand in the problem sets, and receive a pass on all of them.

Time and place

Topics covered

The basic topics which will be covered are listed below

The more advanced topics will be decided during the course. A list of possible topics includes (but is not restricted to)

Lecture notes

The hand-written notes I am using for the lectures (which are just my notes!) will be uploaded to this folder after each lecture.

Exercise sets for the course