Could anyone please suggest a very basic paper/reference/literature on BRST symmetry/formalism that requires rudimentary knowledge of Dirac's method for dealing with constrained systems and generation of gauge transformations by first-class constraints?

By very basic I mean as basic and pedagogic as possible for this subject.

  • $\begingroup$ Polchinski's treatment in his string theory books is ideal, and sidesteps the Dirac formalism completely. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Maimon
    Jun 23, 2012 at 8:43

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J.W. van Holten's "Aspects of BRST Quantization" arXiv:hep-th/0201124 might be what you're looking for...


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