Syllabus for Supersymmetry

(Physics 246, UC Davis, Winter 2006)
 Introduction to SUSY
 Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Standard Model
 SUSY Algebra
 SUSY Representations
 WessZumino Model
 Superpotentials
 Superspace
 SUSY Gauge Theories
 couplings, beta functions
 flat directions
 SuperHiggs mechanism
 Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model
 construction
 soft SUSY breaking
 electroweak symmetry breaking
 FCNC's, CP
 mu problem
 "more minimal" model
 signatures
 SUSY Breaking
 gravity and gauge mediation
 dynamical models
 Gauge Mediation
 Messengers of SUSY breaking
 RG calculation of soft masses
 Gauge mediation and the mu problem
Grading will be based on regular reading assignments, problem sets, and a take home final. The grade breakdown will be 15% on reading assignments, 55% on problems sets, and 30% on the final exam
Additional Reading: "Supersymmetry and Supergravity," by J. Wess and J. Bagger
 A supersymmetry primer by S. Martin
 Compendium of relations for Pauli, Dirac, GellMann, etc. matrices
Assignments will be available online
The assignment web site requires a onetime registration.
Note 15 % will be deducted per day late for all problem sets.
Other Information
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Location: 133 Walker Annex
Time: MTW 23pm
Lecturer: John Terning
Office: 435
Office Hours: Tues. and Fri. 1112
Web Page: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/teaching/246
Course Outline