Physics 487    Supersymmetry and Supergravity

Instructor:  Savdeep Sethi

Textbooks:  Supersymmetry and Supergravity  by Wess & Bagger

                  The Quantum Theory of Fields, vol. 3  by Steve Weinberg

Location & Time: KPTC 105, MW 10:00-11:20

This course will serve as an introduction to supersymmetry and supergravity.  It will be aimed at advanced graduate
students with some field theory background.

Tentative Syllabus:

Problem Sets:

Assignment 1

Assignment 2


SUSY QM and Index Theory:

On supersymmetric index theory, I recommend the original papers 

E. Witten, Nucl. Phys. B188:513, 1981 and Nucl. Phys. B202:253, 1982.

For an explanation (at a level more detailed than the presentation in lecture) about how to compute supersymmetric indices using heat kernels, I suggest

S. Sethi and M. Stern, hep-th/9705046, Commun. Math. Phys. 194:675-705, 1998.

For physical derivations of geometric index formulae using supersymmetric quantum mechanics, see, for example,

Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Commun. Math. Phys. 90:161, 1983.

Holomorphy and Gauge Theory Superpotentials:

See  hep-th/9509066 by K. Intriligator and N. Seiberg.

Final Projects:

N=2 Supersymmetric Yang-Mills 
Hui Dai's report; Yan He's report.

MSSM and Dynamical SUSY Breaking
Jing Shu's report.

The Geometry of Supersymmetric D=2 Non-linear Sigma Models 
Andy Royston's report (an addendum can be found here); Hao Guo's report.

Supersymmetric Cosmic Strings 
Marcos Lima's report.

Topological Defects in SUSY 
Hiroaki Oyaizu's report.

Reports are available here for download.