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Durham University

Centre for Particle Theory


16 Lectures Dr S. Cremonesi

This course provides a basic introduction to the main motivations and
ideas in Supersymmetry (SUSY). Main topics include the SUSY algebra and
its representations, superspace and superfields, the construction of
supersymmetric actions, nonrenormalization theorems, supersymmetric
gauge theories (such as SQCD and the MSSM), and SUSY breaking.

Outline of the course
- What is SUSY and why? Poincare and Lorentz group, spinors
- Supersymmetry algebra and on-shell representations (supermultiplets)
- 4d N=1 superspace and superfields
- SUSY field theories of chiral superfields. Holomorphy and
non-renormalization theorems
- Vector superfields and supersymmetric gauge theories (SQCD, MSSM)
Spontaneous SUSY breaking

Books and articles for the course

A. Bilal, Introduction to supersymmetry, arXiv:hep-th/0101055
M. F. Sohnius, Introducing Supersymmetry, Phys. Rep. 128 (1985)
M. Bertolini, Lectures on Supersymmetry
R. Argurio, Introduction to Supersymmetry
P. Argyres, An Introduction to Global Supersymmetry
M. J. Strassler, An Unorthodox Introduction to Supersymmetric Gauge Theory,arXiv:hep-th/0309149