# Physics 487 Supersymmetry and
Supergravity

### Textbooks: *Supersymmetry and Supergravity*
by Wess & Bagger

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*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: **

- Supersymmetric quantum mechanics
- Index theory
- Representations of supersymmetry

- Supersymmetric field theory
- Holomorphy and supersymmetric Yang-Mills
- Supersymmetry breaking

- Supergravity

Problem Sets:

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

**References:**

__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.