Syllabus for Advanced Supersymmetry

(Physics 246B, UC Davis, Spring 2016)
 Holomorphy
 Nonrenormalization theorems
 The holomorphic gauge coupling
 Gaugino condensation
 NSVZ beta function
 The AffleckDineSeiberg superpotential
 Seiberg duality for SUSY QCD
 Phases of gauge theories
 Moduli space
 Infrared fixed points
 Duality
 SConfinement
 Deconfinement
 Dynamical SUSY breaking
 Direct gauge mediation
 Single sector models
 The SeibergWitten theory
 Elliptic curves
 Monopole condensation
 Superconformal field theories
 AMaximization
 ArgyresDouglas points
 Supergravity
 4, 5, 10, and 11 dimensions
 Anomaly and gaugino mediation
 Introduction to the AdS/CFT correspondence
 Dbrane constructions of gauge theories
 Spectra of CFT operators and AdS_5 x S^5 KK modes
 finite temperature and confinement
 The glueball mass gap
 orbifolds
 Exercise 1: due April 5 in class
 Exercise 2: due April 12 in class
 Exercise 3: due April 19 in class
 Exercise 4: due April 26 in class
 Exercise 5: due May 3 in class
 Exercise 6: due May 10 in class
 Exercise 7: due May 17 in class
 Exercise 8: due May 24 in class
 Exercise 9: due May 31 in class
 Lecture 1: The power of holomorphy
 Lecture 2: Instantons and anomalies in the Path Integral
 Lecture 3: Broken instantons, gaugino condensation, exact beta functions
 Lecture 4: Exact beta functions and the ADS superpotential
 Lecture 5: ADS superpotential, instantons and gaugino condensation
 Lecture 6: Anomaly Matching
 Lecture 7: SUSY QCD, fixed points and anomaly matching
 Lecture 8: Seiberg Duality
 Lecture 9: Seiberg Duality and SO(N)
 Lecture 10: Sp Duality and Sconfinement
 Lecture 11: Deconfinement and SUSY breaking
 Lecture 12: Dynamical SUSY breaking
 Lecture 13: Duality and SUSY breaking
 Lecture 14: Monopoles and Dyons in N=1
 Lecture 15: SeibergWitten
 Lecture 16: Superconformal Theories
 Lecture 17: Supergravity
 Lecture 18: Anomaly and Gaugino Mediation
 Lecture 19: Introduction to String Theory and AdS
 Lecture 20: Introduction to AdS/CFT
Location: Phys 185
Time: Tue. Thu. 1:303:00pm
Lecturer: John Terning
Grader: Rachel Houtz
Office: 435
Office Hours: TBA
Web Page: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/teaching/246B/
Final Exam
The final exam will be available here on Tue. at 9 am and due Thur. at 5 pm. Click here for a pdf copy.Course Outline
Textbook: Modern Supersymmetry
Slides: adapted from textbook
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
Reading assignments will be available online
The Perusall web site requires a onetime registration. There is a rubric is available here, and a support page.Exercises
Note 15 % will be deducted per day late for all problem sets.
Slides
Lecture Notes
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