The Quantum Theory of Fields: Volume 3, Supersymmetry: Supersymmetry v. 3

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Steven Weinberg
Cambridge University Press, 2005-05-09
EAN 9780521670555, ISBN10: 0521670551
442 pages, 25.3 x 25.1 x 17.5 cm

In this third volume of The Quantum Theory of Fields, available for the first time in paperback, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg continues his masterly exposition of quantum field theory. This volume presents a self-contained, up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to supersymmetry, a highly active area of theoretical physics. The text introduces and explains a broad range of topics, including supersymmetric algebras, supersymmetric field theories, extended supersymmetry, supergraphs, non-perturbative results, theories of supersymmetry in higher dimensions, and supergravity. A thorough review is given of the phenomenological implications of supersymmetry, including theories of both gauge and gravitationally-mediated supersymmetry breaking. Also provided is an introduction to mathematical techniques, based on holomorphy and duality, that have proved so fruitful in recent developments. This book contains much material not found in other books on supersymmetry, including previously unpublished results. Exercises are included.

' ... has produced a treatise that many of us had long awaited, perhaps without fully realizing it ... with the publication of The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 3, has performed an analogous service for supersymmetry ... Although this volume is the third in a trilogy, it is quite different from its two predecessors, and it stands on its own ... May a new generation of students imbibe its content and spirit.' Physics Today