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Supersymmetry and String Theory
Beyond the Standard Model

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: February 2023
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781009290920

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  • This text is an introduction to the fields of experimental and theoretical particle physics and cosmology. The book focuses on three principal areas: supersymmetry, string theory, and astrophysics and cosmology. The chapters on supersymmetry introduce the basics of supersymmetry and its phenomenology, and cover dynamics, dynamical supersymmetry breaking, and electric–magnetic duality. The book then introduces general relativity and the big bang theory, and the basic issues in inflationary cosmologies. The section on string theory discusses the spectra of known string theories, and the features of their interactions. Material added in the second edition includes the pivotal Higgs discovery and the results of the WMAP and Planck experiments. This book will be of great interest to graduates and researchers in the fields of particle theory, string theory, astrophysics, and cosmology. It has been reissued as an Open Access publication on Cambridge Core.

    • A pedagogical approach assures the book is tailored for students, with a clear structure and end of chapter exercises
    • Only a modest background in quantum field theory is required to master the basics of supersymmetry and its dynamics
    • This title has been reissued as an Open Access publication on Cambridge Core
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2023
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781009290920
    • length: 608 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 185 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    A note on choice of metric
    Text website
    Part I. Effective Field Theory: The Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Unification:
    1. Before the Standard Model
    2. The Standard Model
    3. Phenomenology of the Standard Model
    4. The Standard Model as an effective field theory
    5. Anomalies, instantons and the strong CP problem
    6. Grand unification
    7. Magnetic monopoles and solitons
    8. Technicolor: a first attempt to explain hierarchies
    Part II. Supersymmetry:
    9. Supersymmetry
    10. A first look at supersymmetry breaking
    11. The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model
    12. Supersymmetric grand unification
    13. Supersymmetric dynamics
    14. Dynamical supersymmetry breaking
    15. Theories with more than four conserved supercharges
    16. More supersymmetric dynamics
    17. An introduction to general relativity
    18. Cosmology
    19. Astroparticle physics and inflation
    Part III. String Theory:
    20. Introduction
    21. The bosonic string
    22. The superstring
    23. The heterotic string
    24. Effective actions in ten dimensions
    25. Compactification of string theory I. Tori and orbifolds
    26. Compactification of string theory II. Calabi-Yau compactifications
    27. Dynamics of string theory at weak coupling
    28. Beyond weak coupling: non-perturbative string theory
    29. Large and warped extra dimensions
    30. The landscape: a challenge to the naturalness principle
    31. Coda: where are we headed?
    Part IV. The Appendices: Appendix A. Two-component spinors
    Appendix B. Goldstone's theorem and the pi mesons
    Appendix C. Some practice with the path integral in field theory
    Appendix D. The beta function in supersymmetric Yang–Mills theory

  • Author

    Michael Dine, University of California, Santa Cruz

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