AM 9529a, Winter/Spring 2013

Introduction to Supersymmetry

Time & Place: 2:30-5:00pm; Room: ALICE, PI

Instructor: Alex Buchel, Ext: 88794 (UWO), E-mail: abuchel[at]

Office hours: after lecture or by appointment.

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Prerequisites Course Outline Text Course Evaluation Homework Feedback


On the physics side, the minimum requirement is:
1. Lagrangian formulation of classical mechanics.
2. Maxwell equations, Lorentz invariance (special relativity).
3. Quantum Mechanics.
A basic knowledge of QFT (gauge theories, Feynmann diagrams, renormalization) is highly desirable.

On the math side:
1. Analysis on the complex plane (holomorphy, analytical continuation)
2. Rudimentory group theory (SU(2), Lorentz group).

Course outline:

I. Qualitative supersymmetry:
II. Perturbative supersymmetry:
III. Nonabeliean gauge theories:
IV. Nonperturbative supersymmetry:
V. Supersymmetric theories with low-energy photons (Seiberg-Witten model)


The primary text are lecture notes "Introduction to Global Supersymmetry" by Philip Argyres, available at; we will use 1996 notes.
Julius Wess and Jonathan Bagger, "Supersymmetry and Supergravity"

Course evaluation:

Course grade will be based on several homework assignments. There will be no final exam. For people really interested in learning the subject, there will be additional 'suggested exercises' at the end of each lecture. I will not post solutions to these additional problems, but will be happy to discuss them during my office hours.


Homework A, January 24, 2013(.ps)(.pdf)
Homework 1, March 14, 2013(.ps)(.pdf)
Homework 2, March 21, 2013(.ps)(.pdf)
Homework 3, April 18, 2013(.ps)(.pdf)


Feedback to the instructor regarding the quality, speed, and content of presentation is especially appreciated during the semester!