Syllabus for Supersymmetry

(Physics 246A, UC Davis, Spring 2017)
 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
 "Supersymmetry and Supergravity," by J. Wess and J. Bagger
 A supersymmetry primer by S. Martin
 Compendium of relations for Pauli, Dirac, GellMann, etc. matrices
 Exam due June 9, at noon
 Exercise 1 due April 13
 Exercise 2 due April 20
 Exercise 3 due April 27
 Exercise 4 due May 4
 Exercise 5 due May 11
 Exercise 6 due May 18
 Exercise 7 due June 1
 Exercise 8 due June 8
 Slides for Chapter 1 Introduction to supersymmetry
 Slides for Chapter 2 SUSY Lagrangians
 Slides for Chapter 3 SUSY gauge theories
 Slides for Chapter 4 The minimal supersymmetric standard model
 Slides for Chapter 5 SUSY breaking and the MSSM
 Slides for Chapter 6 Gauge mediation
 Lecture 1: The unreasonable effectiveness of the Standard Model and Intro to SUSY
 Lecture 2: Group Theory and Extended Supersymmetry
 Lecture 3: Extended Supersymmetry, BPS, Free WessZumino Model
 Lecture 4: Supercurrents and Charges
 Lecture 5: Superpotentials and Gauge Interactions
 Lecture 6: Superspace
 Lecture 7: Softly Broken SUSY,SUSY QCD and Beta Functions
 Lecture 8: Dterm Beta Function and oneloop mass corrections
 Lecture 9: The Classical Moduli Space
 Lecture 10: The MSSM
 Lecture 11: Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
 Lecture 12: Sparticle Spectrum
 Lecture 13: Dark Matter
 Lecture 14: GUTS, Radiative EWSB
 Lecture 15: EWSB at Oneloop
 Lecture 16: Problems with Flavor and CP
 Lecture 17: Spontaneous SUSY Breaking
 Lecture 18: Goldstinos
 Lecture 19: Gauge Mediation
Location: 185 Phys
Time: TR 23:30pm
Lecturer: John Terning
Office: 435
Office Hours: R 11:0011:50 am
Grader: ?
Web Page: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/teaching/246/
Course Outline
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
Textbook:
Modern Supersymmetry: Dynamics and DualitySlides: adapted from textbook
Additional Reading
Reading assignments will be available online
The reading assignment web site requires a onetime registration.Exam
Problem Sets
Note 15 % will be deducted per day late for all problem sets, please make arrangements with the grader to hand in late problem sets.