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Supersymmetry Demystified (Demystified)by Patrick Labelle
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Unravel the mystery of SUPERSYMMETRY
Trying to comprehend supersymmetry but feeling a bit off balance? Grab hold of this straightforward guide and learn the fundamental concepts behind this revolutionary principle.
Written in an easy-to-follow format, Supersymmetry Demystified explains Weyl, Majorana, and Dirac spinors, notations, and supersymmetric lagrangians. Supersymmetric charges and their algebra are discussed, as are interactions and gauge theories. The book also covers superspace formalism, superfields, supersymmetry breaking, and much more. Detailed examples, clear illustrations, and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce learning.
It's a no-brainer! You'll get:
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Supersymmetry Demystified is your key to understanding this fascinating particle physics subject.
DeMYSTiFied is the perfect format to help clarify this incredibly complex topic--at the time of peaking popularity--complete with equations and clear examples.
About the Author
Patrick Labelle has a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University and held a postdoctoral position for two years at McGill University. He has been teaching physics at the college level for twelve years at Bishops University and Champlain Regional College in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Dr. Labelle spent summers doing research both at the Centre Européen de Recherches Nucléaires (CERN) in Geneva, home of the Large Hadron Collider, and at Fermilab, the worlds second largest particle accelerator near Chicago. He has published a dozen papers in particle physics and has participated in the French translation of Brian Greenes The Elegant Universe (in the role of technical adviser).
Table of Contents
Introduction What this book is about; The hierarchy problem in the Standard Model 1. A crash course on spinors Weyl versus Dirac spinors; A first notational hurdle; Building Lorentz invariants out of Weyl spinors; Charge conjugation and antiparticles; The physics of the different types of spinors; Going back and forth between Majorana and Weyl spinors; Aside on notation 2. First steps in SUSY Making a simple non-interacting theory supersymmetric; Non-closure of the algebra and the need for an auxiliary field; Adding interactions: The Wess-Zumino model; The Wess-Zumino model in Majorana form 3. Some calculations in the Wess-Zumino model Propagators of the fields; Vertex correction; Quadratic corrections to the two point function; Mass renormalization 4. Supersymmetric quantum electrodynamics Making the theory supersymmetric; The auxiliary field; Propagators; Examples of calculations 5. The supersymmetric charges and their algebra The supersymmetric current and supersymmetry charges; The supersymmetric algebra; Using the algebra to learn about SUSY multiplets 6. The superfield formalism Spacetime symmetries as unitary operators Superspace; A chiral superfield and its transformation; Building SUSY invariant Lagrangians using superfields; A vector superfield; Coupling vector and chiral superfields; The superpotential 7. Combining chiral and gauge multiplets Making the Lagrangian supersymmetric by brute force; Using superfields; Processes 8. SUSY breaking Why is SUSY breaking necessary?; The F mechanism; The D mechanism 9. A glimpse of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model A brief review of the Standard Model; The superfields of the MSSM; Invariant interactions and the superpotential; Susy breaking in the MSSM; The Higgs sector; The masses of the supersymmetric particles; Calculations of some processes
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