A postulated symmetry between bosonic and fermionic fields in quantum field theories and string theories.

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Why supersymmetry requires either left or right movers to vanish for a $S^1$ compactification

In the chapter on Black holes in string theory (Section 11.4, page 584 near equation 11.94) in the book by Becker, Becker and Schwarz, they write [...] let us consider a single string wound $Q_1 ...
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SUSY Multiplets

Why is it that in vector supermultiplets, the left and right chiral components of the gauginos must transform in the same representations of all gauge groups, i.e a chiral theory for such fermions is ...
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Boson in Superstring

I'm confused about a point. Superstring sigma model is $$ S=-\frac{T}{2}\int\mathrm{d}^2z \left[\eta^{ab}\partial_aX^\mu\partial_b X_\mu -i\bar\psi^\mu\rho^a\partial_a\psi_\mu \right], $$ of course, ...
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On the action of superconformal generators in maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills

Consider maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in 3+1 dimensions. This theory has 32 supercharges: 16 ordinary ones, conventionally labeled $Q$; and 16 superconformal ones, conventionally ...
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Gauge mediated SUSY breaking

I have seen it claimed that in SUSY gauge mediated breaking there can be no flavour changing terms because the mediation is flavour blind. What does this mean and how does it work?
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How does SUSY avoid to create non-Lorentz interactions?

A three-legs fermion interaction or boson absorbing a fermion are things we do not see in QFT because the corresponding terms in the Lagrangian are not Lorentz invariant. But in susy, naively, such ...
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Has anyone studied anomalous supersymmetry?

In this paper (and others), the authors study a supersymmetric model where the supercharge suffers an ABJ anomaly. Has anyone studied a supersymmetry with a 't Hooft anomaly (gauging the ...
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How exactly do superstrings reduce the number of dimensions in bosonic string theory from 26 to 10 and remove the tachyons?

In bosonic string theory, to obtain the photon as the first excited state, the ground state must have a negative mass (tachyon). By applying $1 + 2 + 3 + \cdots = -1/12$, it can be shown (in a ...
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Reflectionless potentials in quantum mechanics

Scattering on potential $$V(x) = -\frac{(\hbar a)^2}{m}\text{sech}^2(ax)$$ with 1D equation of Schrodinger is famous problem. It is dealt with in Problem 2.48 of Griffiths book or online here. It is ...
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$\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang Mills propagators

In $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang mills there are only massless particles. If one wishes to obtain a heavy quark one can see the SYM theory as a stack of (N+1)-branes in AdS$_5 \times$S$^5$ where one ...
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Number of supercharges in $N\ge 1$ SUSY in $d\ge4$ dimensions

I have a couple of questions concerning supercharges and superalgebras: 1, In four-dimensions, the minimal spinor representations are Weyl spinors. These have 4 real degrees of freedom (dof). This ...
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Fermion Trucation

I recently posted about truncating fermions in supergravity Lagrangians and got a good answer about how this gives a vev to the bosonic content and therefore freezes it to a stationary point of the ...
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D4 branes ending on NS5 branes (Witten's construction): query about harmonic functions

This query stems from Witten's paper, ''Solutions of Four-Dimensional Field Theories via M Theory'' (hep-th/9703166). Specifically, consider Type IIA string theory, and suppose one has a stack of NS5 ...
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Ignoring fermions in string theory/supergravity

Often in string theory/supergravity, papers will say something along the lines of "we set all the fermions to zero and focus purely on the bosonic field content". See e.g. the final lines on p3 of hep-...
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Mass of a superstring between two branes?

A open bosonic string between two parallel branes seems to obey formulae such as $M^2 = \big((n + {\theta_i - \theta_j \over 2 \pi}) {R' \over \alpha'}\big)^2 + {N-1 \over \alpha'} $ So that the ...
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Nonperturbative corrections that can break SUSY

I am puzzled by a statement that is made regarding non-perturbative corrections breaking supersymmetry. Specifically, consider a one-dimensional system, described by the Hamiltonian $$H = \frac{1}{2}...
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What is the role of chiral compensator?

When studying SUGRA inflation, I stumbled upon a notion of "chiral compensator". What is its role? I don't remember seeing it in Wess & Bagger textbook.
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Why are symmetrical structures highly stable? [closed]

What makes symmetrical structures(geometry) highly stable? It is perfect to say that the forces acting on a symmetrical structure is balanced and hence stable. But why is it so? To be more specific, ...
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Why must SUSY be broken in SUGRA inflation?

Why must supersymmetry be broken during the inflation in supergravity models? How does adding supersymmetry to power-law or Starobinsky models spoil inflation? And is breaking of SUSY needed for ...
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$R$-Symmetry Group

On p238/239 of the Freedman and van Proeyen book on Supergravity, they show how the $R$-symmetry group must be $U(\mathcal{N})$ for $\mathcal{N}$-extended supersymmetry in $d=4$. At the bottom of ...
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Tranformation of a spinor in the self representation and conjugate representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$

The transformation rules for a spinors as per Introduction to Supersymmetry by Wiedamann on Pg.38 is be summarized as: $$\begin{align} \psi_{\alpha} \mapsto \psi'_{\alpha} &= M_{\alpha}^{\beta}...
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Question about the superconformal index

According to arXiv:1507.08553v1, the superconformal index, defined by $$I(\beta_j) = \mbox{Tr}_{\mathcal{H}}(-1)^F e^{-\gamma\{Q,Q^\dagger\}}e^{-\sum_{j}\beta_j t_j}$$ is independent of the ...
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What do different supercharges corrrespond to? Is creation mathematically close to fock space?

We may have $I =1,2,..N$ where it is said that this corresponds to $N$ supercharges, $Q^I$. By the supersymmetry algebra, $$[M_{\mu\nu},{\overline{Q}}^{I\dot{\alpha}}] = i(\sigma_{\mu\nu}){^{\dot{\...
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Coleman Mandula theorem and translations

I don't know what Coleman Mandula theorem is, however if I were forced to say something about it, I will say it is a statement that suggests that internal and spatial symmetries have no unique ...
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Physical meaning of the Morse functions? [closed]

What is the physical correspondence of the Morse functions in a physical system? Currently I am studying Mirror symmetry but I can not get a physical intuition out of it.
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How do I obtain the SUSY Transformations from Poisson Brackets?

In Friedman's and Van Proyen's Supergravity textbook it is explained how one can get the supersymmetry transformations using the conserved currents. Specifically this is in section 6 where we are ...
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Supertrace of holonomy of commutator

On page 47 of Surface operators in four-dimensional topological gauge theory and Langlands duality by Kapustin et al., the following expression is given \begin{equation} \delta\mathcal{N}=d(\omega_\...
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Femionic vacuum expectation value

To have maximally symmetric space-time (Minkowski, dS and AdS), why should we have zero vacuum expectation value for fermionic fields?
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Number of components of a One-Form Superfield

A Supersymmetric Yang Mills theory has 8 bosonic and 8 fermionic components. Since SUSY YM Theory is described via the Vector Superfield, $$V=C(x)+i\theta\chi(x)-i\bar{\theta}\bar{\chi}(x) \dots.$$ ...
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Problems with covariant action of the superstring

I was reading Kiritsis notes (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9709062), at page 105/106 (equation 10.1), where he has a covariant action of the superstring including the gravitino. I have problems showing ...
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Differences between Goldstone bosons and fermions

I have been looking into basic SUSY and SUGRA theory and have a question relating to Goldstinos (particles giving gravitinos mass). Simply are these analogous to Goldstone bosons produced in the ...
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Is there a soft Goldstino theorem?

For ordinary spontaneously broken symmetries, you can demonstrate relations between S-matrix elements with a soft goldstone emission and another S-matrix element without the emission. If I break ...
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Soft SUSY breaking fermion mass terms in MSSM for matter fields

In the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, the chiral fermion fields (the Higgsinos) don't have any soft SUSY breaking mass terms and soft SUSY breaking trilinear interactions while their scalar ...
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Why torsion vanishes in supergravity?

Why is it (more often than not) considered in supergravity that the torsion vanishes in Cartan's first structure equation? What does the vanishing of the torsion imply?
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Question about the expression of Witten Index

I am studying supersymmetry by myself. I do not understand the expression of Witten index, which is ${\rm Tr}(-1)^{F}$. What does it mean by writing $-1$ to the power of an operator $F$? Is this ...
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Susy transformation for gauge multiplet

How can the supersymmetrie transformation $\delta A_\mu = \frac{1}{2} \overline{\epsilon}\gamma_\mu \psi $ be derived from the susy algebra ( or group ). Where $ (A_\mu , \psi)$ are in a gauge ...
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What are anticommuting spinor parameters $\zeta^\alpha$?

I'm reading Martin F.Sohnius, Introducing supersymmetry, page 82. It is the first time he introduces the anticommuting spinor parameters $\zeta^\alpha$ to calculate the supersymmetry variations of a ...
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Why $\delta F = B\epsilon$ and not $F=B \epsilon$ in supersymmetry?

We can express supersymmetric transformations as $$\delta F = B\epsilon, \tag{1} $$ $$\delta B = F\bar{\epsilon},\tag{2}$$ where $B$ and $F$ denote the bosons and fermions, respectively, in the theory ...
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Geometry of spacetime and spinor bilinears

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) p.20, the author says in the section titled Geometry of spacetime the following: In order to obtain the spacetime geometry, we consider the spinor ...
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Invariance of supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory under supersymmetry

I was following Brink, Scherk and Schwartz, "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories". The variation of the Lagrangian w.r.t a supersymmetry transformation can be reduced to $$ \delta L = -igf_{a b c} \bar{...
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Semi-infinite forms?

I am reading Vafa's paper 'Topological Mirros and Quantum Strings'. In this paper, the author says the Hilbert Space of a fermionic string theory corresponds to the space of semi-infinite forms on the ...
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contraction of the spinor F with a conjugate spino $\bar{\epsilon}$ is bosonic?

In this Why $\delta F = B\epsilon$ and not $F=B \epsilon$ in supersymmetry?, I asked ACuriousMind why would one epsilon be without a bar and the other with a bar here: $$\delta F = B\epsilon, \tag{1} $...
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Fayet-Iliopoulos terms

It is mentioned in first page of this paper by Seiberg and Komargodski that the Lagrangian in superspace of a $U(1)$ gauge SUSY theory with FI terms is not gauge invariant. However, the FI terms in ...
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State counting in the d = 1+2, $\cal{N} = 2$ vector multiplet

The question is from Box 8.2, page 282 of the book "Gauge Gravity Duality" by Ammon and Erdmenger. The link to the specific page from Google Books is here. According to the authors, a $\mathcal{N} = ...
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How does one determine the genus of the ultraviolet curve from Seiberg-Witten curve?

In Gaiotto's construction of 4d ${\cal N}=2$ theories, one starts with 6d (2,0) theory and compactify it on the Riemann surface, which is called the ultraviolet curve of the ${\cal N}=2$ theory. In ...
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Supersymmetric variation of $F$ term using super Jacobi identity [closed]

Basically, i am solving problems in note with a slightly different notation. \begin{align} [Q_\alpha F] = -i \lambda_\alpha (x), \quad [ \bar{Q}_{\dot{\alpha}},F] = -i \bar{\chi}_{\dot{\alpha}} \...
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Supercovariant Derivative action

My query is with Weinberg Vol3 equation just above 26.7.22 Weinberg follows Majorana Superfield formalism. Where, covariant derivative is defined as, $$D_{R\alpha}=-\epsilon_{\alpha \beta}\frac{\...
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Gauging a mixture of internal and spacetime symmetries

Given an internal symmetry, say $U(1)$ or $SU(2)$, I understand how to gauge it, by coupling the conserved current $J_{\mu}$ to a gauge field $A^{\mu}$. Similarly, I understand how to gauge a space-...
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Decomposing massless N=8 SUGRA multiplet into multiplets of massless N=4

The only massless $N=8$ SUGRA multiplet is given by $(g_{\mu\nu},\psi_\mu^{\Sigma},A_\mu^{[\Sigma\Pi]},\chi_{\alpha}^{[\Sigma\Pi\Lambda]} ,\phi^{[\Sigma\Pi\Lambda\Omega]})$ where the greek upper ...
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Lorentz group in SUSY

Why do we carry Lorentz group to be included also in supersymmetry? That is after we extend our symmetry to supersymmetry, we carry with us the Lorentz group. Why not other group instead?