87973 - SUPERSYMMETRY IN PARTICLES, STRINGS AND FIELDS

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will learn the basic elements of supersymmetry. In particular he/she will acquire the tools necessary to understand its applications to relativistic particles, relativistic strings and four dimensional supersymmetric field theories.

Course contents

1) Physical motivation for supersymmetry

2) Supersymmetry algebra and representations

3) Superfields and superspace

4) Four dimensional supersymmetric Lagrangians

5) Supersymmetry breaking

6) The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model

7) Basics of supergravity

8) Kaluza-Klein theories and extra-dimensions

9) Basics of string theory and string compactifications

Readings/Bibliography

1) Lecture notes of the course "Supersymmetry and Extra dimensions" by Fernando Quevedo:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1011.1491.pdf

2) Lecture notes of the course "A Supersymmetry primer" by Stephen P. Martin:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-ph/9709356.pdf

3) Lecture notes on "An Introduction to Supergravity" by D. G. Cerdeno and C. Munoz:

https://pos.sissa.it/001/011/pdf

4) "Supersymmetry and Supergravity", Wess and Bagger

5) "Weak scale Supersymmetry", Baer and Tata

6) "A first course in String Theory", Barton Zwiebach

 

Teaching methods

Standard blackboard lectures

Assessment methods

Oral interview

Office hours

See the website of Michele Cicoli