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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

S. P. Martin, A Supersymmetry Primer, hep-ph/9709356
D. Bailin and A. Love, Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory (IoP)
J. Wess and J. Bagger, Supersymmetry and Supergravity (PUP)
A. Signer, ABC of Susy, J Phys 36 073002, arXiv:0905.4630 [hep-ph]
M. Dine, Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
S. Weinberg, Supersymmetry, Volume 3 of The quantum Theory of Fields (Cambridge University Press, 2000)