Minicourse on Effective Field Theory and Applications

Title: Effective Field Theories and Applications

Lecturer: Paulo Bedaque (University of Maryland, USA)

Dates: 3 to 6 August 2015

Place: Third floor of IFT-UNESP – Room 2

Times: 11:00 – 12:15



— Central idea: organizing field theory in shells in momentum space

— Example 1:
– Chiral symmetry in QCD and its spontaneous breaking
– Chiral perturbation theory
– Loops and renormalization

— Example 2:
– Nucleons at low energies
– Schroedinger equation as a sum of loops
– Nonperturbative renormalization

— A rapid tour through other effective field theories:
– Chiral perturbation theory for one or more nucleons
– Effective field theory for heavy quarks
– Nonrelativistic QED and QCD
– Theory of Fermi liquids and BCS theory as effective theories
– Effective field theory of color superconductivity
– The standard model as an effective theory

– Conclusion: everything is an effective theory; naturalness versus fine-tuning

A “Certificate of Attendance” will be offered by the IFT Graduate Program to those participants with 100% of attendance to the lectures.

There will be no application form for this activity and everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, send email to