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Quantum Field Theory
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... no spooky action at a distance (Einstein)
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Early Results
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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
| Klein-Gordon Equation Dirac Equation | |

The Dawn of QFT
| Spinors Spin Feynman Slash Notation Antimatter Klein-Gordon Field Dirac Field Renormalisation Grassman Variable Conformal Field Theory | |

Countdown to the Standard Model
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From a framework to a model
| Yang-Mills Theory Quantum Electrodynamics Quantum ChromodynamicsElectroweak Theory Higgs Mechanism Standard Model | |

Semi-Classical Gravity and the Dark Age
| Hawking Radiation Chandrashekhar Limit Inflation Problems with the Standard Model | |

Outlook
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Beyond the Standard Model
| Beyond the Standard Model Quantum Gravity Theory of Everything | |

Related
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Related
| De Donder-Weyl Theory | |

**Quantum Chromodynamics** is a Quantum Field Theory that describes Quarks, Gluons, and their interactions through the Strong Force. It is a strongly-coupled theory, which means that there is the need of Renormalisation.

## Free QuarksEdit this section

Free Quarks clearly should obey the Free (i.e. Potential-less) Dirac Equation:

$ \left( i\hbar {{\gamma }^{\mu }}{{\partial }_{\mu }}-m{{c}_{0}} \right)\psi =0 $

Applying the Euler-Lagrange Equations, we see that the Lagrangian Density would then be:

$ \mathsf{\mathcal{L}}={{c}_{0}}\bar{\psi }\left( i\hbar {{\gamma }^{\mu }}{{\partial }_{\mu }}-m{{c}_{0}} \right)\psi $

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This Lagrangian Density ensures invariance under $ SU(3) $ transformations. I.e. transforming the quark field $ \psi $ as $ \psi \mapsto Q\psi $ where $ Q\in SU\left( 3 \right) $ does not change the Lagrangian Density.

## Quark ConfinementEdit this section

In experiment, Quarks have never been observed as free, they are always interacting through the Strong Force, with Gluons and other Quarks. This phenomenon is known as Quark Confinement.

## Gluons and the strong forceEdit this section

Let us now introduce 8 Gluon Potentials $ A_{a}^{\mu } $ where $ a $ goes from 1 to 8. The Quarks will no longer be free. The interaction between the Quarks and the Gluons is known as the Strong Force. The Lagrangian Density due to the Strong Force is then given by the following expression:

$ \mathcal L=-\hbar {{g}_{QCD}}{{\gamma }^{\mu }}A_{a}^{\mu }\frac{{{\lambda }^{a}}}{2} $

The Gluons themselves are Yang-Mills Fields, and have the Yang-Mills Lagrangian Density. This is as follows:

$ \mathcal L=-\frac{1}{4}{{H}^{\mu \nu \rho }}{{H}_{\mu \nu \rho }} $

With these Gluon Fields, the covariant derivative can be defined as follows:

$ \mathcal L={{\nabla }_{\mu }}_{\operatorname{QCD}}={{\partial }_{\mu }}+i{{g}_{QCD}}A_{a}^{\mu }\frac{{{\lambda }^{a}}}{2} $

Which invites correct comparisons with General Relativity, including bundle curvatures, etc.

## Total Lagrangian DensityEdit this section

Adding up the three individual Lagrangian Densityies previously discussed, one obtains the total Lagrangian Density of Quantum Chrodynamics:

Lagrangian Density of **Quantum Chromodynamics**$ {{\mathsf{\mathcal{L}}}_{QCD}}=-\frac{1}{4}{{H}^{\mu \nu \rho }}{{H}_{\mu \nu \rho }}+{{c}_{0}}\bar{\psi }\left( i\hbar {{{\not{\nabla }}}_{\operatorname{QCD}}}-m{{c}_{0}} \right)\psi $

Note that we do not immediately observe the interaction term, but this is merely because we have quietly replaced $ \partial $ with $ \nabla $.

## Gauge InvarianceEdit this section

**Quantum Chromodynamics** is then invariant under $ SU(3) $ transformations if the Gluon Potentials simultaneously transform as:

$ A_{a}^{\mu }\mapsto {{U}^{\dagger }}\left( A_{a}^{\mu }+\frac{i}{{{g}_{QCD}}}{{\partial }_{\mu }} \right)U $

This is a Gauge Transformation, and therefore, **Quantum Chromodynamics** is a Gauge Theory of with a Gauge Group of $ SU(3) $.