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I'm aware of Sidney Coleman's 1975/76 sequence of 54 lectures on Quantum Field Theory. Are there any other high-quality QFT lecture series available online?

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The Perimeter Institute has recorded all the courses of their one-year Master's in Theoretical Physics. The courses are given by professors and lecturers from different universities.

For a full list of the courses they recorded in 2010/w011 go to Pirsa.org, and under "4. Collections" select "Course" and "2010". The courses are labeled by the tag "10/11 PSI". (I couldnt find a decent link which neatly lists all the courses)

You'll find multiple courses on QM, QFT, string theory, Beyond the standard Model, General Relativity, condensed matter physics, Quantum Information and many more. The format is also very neat. The Flash presentation is a recording of the class in low-quality, combined with decent photos of the blackboard.

Here are some direct links:

QFT part I -- by K. Zarembo

QFT part II -- by F. David

Also check out the courses given in 09/11 (search for "2009" instead), where the curriculum was a bit different (also different lecturers). You have for instance David Tong from Cambridge who gives an introductary course on QFT.

QFT part I -- by D. Tong

(part II was also given by F. David)

The site also has a large collection of recorded seminars.

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Really useful - thank you. –  Nigel Seel May 18 '11 at 19:02
Stanford also have a number of freely available lecture courses. Susskind has posted courses on CLASSICAL MECHANICS QUANTUM MECHANICS, SPECIAL RELATIVITY, GENERAL RELATIVITY, COSMOLOGY, STATISTICAL MECHANICS, QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT 1, QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT 2, QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT 3, BASIC PARTICLE PHYSICS, and THE STANDARD MODEL. Whilst none of these are specically QFT, you'll probably find th eStandard Model ones useful. newpackettech.com/Resources/Susskind/PHY30_2B/… –  qftme May 18 '11 at 19:22

For the beginner, there is a great series of lectures by Anthony Zee, author of Field Theory in a Nutshell, available from ASTI here:http://www.asti.ac.za/lectures.php. Some of the other lectures are quite good as well.

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Link to Zee's home page: kitp.ucsb.edu/members/PM/zee/QuantumFieldTh.html –  Qmechanic Jul 3 '13 at 14:48


The INDICO servers by CERN have tons of video lectures on many different topics, related to particle physics and cosmology.

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CERN Lectures


Lecturer: Herman Nicolai
Title: Quantum field theory
Year: 1997

Abstract: The lectures are intended to provide an introduction to Quantum Field Theory at an elementary level. In particular, the following topics will be treated: 1, Basic principle of QFT; 2, Representation theory of the Poincaré group; 3, The free scalar field; 4, The free Dirac field 5, Interacting field theories; 6, Supersymmetry; 7, S-Matrix. The emphasis will be more on general concepts than on specific applications. Therefore, for most of the lectures, only a knowledge of quantum mechanics and special relativity will be assumed.

Link: http://cds.cern.ch/record/338008/


Lecturer: Erik Verlinde
Title: Introduction to quantum field theory
Year: 1998

Abstract: In these lectures the basic concepts of quantum field theory are introduced. Topics that will be discussed are: the quantization of fields; Scattering amplitudes and cross sections; Feynman diagrams; Lagrangian field theory; Quantum electrodynamics; Gauge invariance and renormalization.

Link: http://cds.cern.ch/record/387599?ln=en

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