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Super Symmetry in Particle Physics an Elementary Introduction

Super Symmetry in Particle Physics an Elementary Introduction

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Published by: Tom Mattson on Sep 27, 2011
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Supersymmetry has been a central topic in particle physics since the early 1980s,and represents the culmination of the search for fundamental symmetries that hasdominated particle physics for the last 50 years. Traditionally, the constituentsof matter (fermions) have been regarded as essentially different from the parti-cles (bosons) that transmit the forces between them. In supersymmetry, however,fermions and bosons are unified.Thisisthefirsttextbooktoprovideasimplepedagogicalintroductiontowhathasbeen a formidably technical field. The elementary and practical treatment bringsreaders to the frontier of contemporary research, in particular, to the confrontationwith experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Intended primarily for first-yeargraduate students in particle physics, both experimental and theoretical, this vol-ume will also be of value to researchers in experimental and phenomenologicalsupersymmetry.Supersymmetrictheoriesareconstructedthroughanintuitive‘trialand error’ approach, rather than being formal and deductive. The basic elements of spinor formalism and superfields are introduced, allowing readers to access moreadvanced treatments. Emphasis is placed on physical understanding, and on de-tailed, explicit derivations of all important steps. Many short exercises are includedmaking for a valuable and accessible self-study tool.
Ian Aitchison
is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford.Hisresearchinterestsincludetime-dependenteffectivetheoriesofsuperconductors,field theories at finite temperature and topological aspects of gauge theories.

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