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Undergraduate Program

The Kapitza Society

In 2016 the “Kapitza Society” was created by Jean Weill in honor of the “Kapitza Club” founded by Peter Kapitza in the 1920s in Cambridge. Our goal is simple: to bring together a small team of elite students with an insatiable thirst for knowledge in order to explore theoretical physics outside of our classes. Each session revolves around a lecture by a society member. We meet once a week – thirty minutes for practice problems, then one hour and thirty minutes for theory. We have studied a variety of topics, all at the graduate level: differential geometry, particle physics, Lie algebras, quantum field theory, and quantum information theory.

Mentors:

Current Members (Spring 2021):

Topics Covered:

Quantum Field Theory (Fall 2020):

Resources Used:

  • "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell" by A. Zee 

Projects:

Group Theory and Particle Physics II (Spring 2020):

Resources Used:

  • "Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists" by A. Zee 

Projects:

Group Theory and Particle Physics II (Spring 2020):

Resources Used:

  • "Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists" by A. Zee 

Projects:

Group Theory and Particle Physics I (Fall 2020):

Resources Used:

  • "Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists" by A. Zee 

Projects:

Cosmology (Spring 2019):

Resources Used:

  • "Modern Cosmology" by Scott Dodelson

Projects:

Black Hole Physics (Fall 2018):

Resources Used: 

  • “Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity” by James B. Hartle

Projects:

 Quantum Field Theory II (Spring 2018): 

Resources Used:

  • “Lectures on Quantum Field Theory” by Ashok Das

Projects:

Quantum Information Theory I (Fall 2017):

Resources Used:

  • “Quantum Information Theory” by Mark M. Wilde (2nd edition)

Projects:

Quantum Field Theory (Spring 2017):

Resources Used:

  • “Quantum Field Theory” by Franz Mandl and Graham Shaw (2nd edition)

Projects:

Mathematics and Particle Physics (Fall 2016):

Resources Used:

  • “Symmetry and the Standard Model” by Matthew Robinson (1st edition)
  • “Introduction to Elementary Particles” by David Griffiths (2nd edition)
  • “Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Representations” by Brian C. Hall (2nd edition).

Projects:

Differential Geometry (Spring 2016):

Resources Used:

  • “Elementary Differential Geometry” by Barrett O’ Neil (2nd edition)
  • Lecture notes for Differential Geometry made by James S. Cook for a class he taught at the Liberty University, which can be found on this site: http://www.supermath.info/DifferentialGeometry.html

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Previous Members: