The book begins with a brief review of supersymmetry, and the construction of the minimal supersymmetric standard model and approaches to supersymmetry breaking. General non-perturbative methods are also reviewed leading to the development of holomorphy and the Affleck-Dine-Seiberg superpotential as powerful tools for analysing supersymmetric theories. Seiberg duality is discussed in detail, with many example applications provided, with special attention paid to its use in understanding dynamical supersymmetry breaking. The Seiberg-Witten theory of monopoles is introduced through the analysis of simpler N=1 analogues. Superconformal field theories are described along with the most recent development known as "a-maximization". Supergravity theories are examined in 4, 10, and 11 dimensions, allowing for a discussion of anomaly and gaugino mediation, and setting the stage for the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence. This book is unique in containing an overview of the important developments in supersymmetry since the publication of "Supersymmetry and Supergravity" by Wess and Bagger. It also strives to cover topics that are of interest to both formal and phenomenological theorists.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Weight: 724 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 23 mm
The style is concise...many a reader will be grateful for the list of more extensive reviews given at the end of every chapter...the study of the book is eased by cross-referencing and the comprehensive index at the end of the book. Last but not least the book is enriched by biological sketches and anecdotes provided at the end of some sections. Zentralblatt Math, Volume 1087 (2006/13) Helmut Rumpf (Wien) (Wien)