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Change of variables in path integral measure

In fermion's path integral we have a measure that you can write, in terms of the Grassmann variables $\psi, \bar{\psi}$ as $$ D\bar{\psi}D\psi, \quad \psi(x) = \sum_n a_n\phi_n(x), \quad \bar{\psi}(x)...
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Symmetry of the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) antibracket operation

Batalin and Vilkovisky define $^1$ an operation they call antibracket which is $$(F,H) = \Big(\frac{\partial_r F}{\partial \Phi^A}\Big) \Big(\frac{\partial_l H}{\partial \Phi^* _A} \Big) - \Big(\frac{...
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Canonical Quantisation vs the Dirac Field, why does it even work?

Using the "Dirac Prescription", we can preserve the format of a differential equation in its QM form. If we define the canonical variables s.t. they have the same commutation relations times $i$ as ...
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Commutation relations of symmetry generators in SUSY

It is well known that the generators $$ Q_\alpha = \frac{\partial}{\partial \theta^\alpha} - i \sigma^\mu_{\alpha \dot \beta} \bar{\theta}^\dot{\beta} \partial_\mu $$ and $$ \bar{Q}_\dot{\alpha} = -\...
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SUSY variation Wess-Zumino

I'm following John Terning book on Supersymmetry and in particular I'm trying to check the susy variations of the Wess-Zumino model given by $\mathcal{L}_s = \partial^\mu \phi^* \partial_\mu \psi \,...
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Intuition for the supertrace identity in supersymmetry

In pretty much every introductory book/lecture notes I've come across, one finds the expression for the mass matrices for scalars, fermions and vector bosons for a generic Lagrangian, and simply ...
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Transformation algebra of supersymmetry transformation

Given supersmmetry transformation: $$δX^\mu = i\barξψ^\mu.δψ^\mu = ξγ^a(∂_aX^\mu-\frac i2\barχ_a ψ^\mu). δχ_a = 2 D_aξ.$$ How to calculate the transformation algebra of $X^\mu$ and $\psi^\mu$? ...
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Can you quantize Grassmann-even superfields in the same fashion as Boson fields?

In a related Phys.SE question about supersymmetric Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{2} (\partial S)^2 - \frac{1}{2} (\partial P)^2 - \frac{1}{2} \bar{\psi} \partial\!\!\!/ \psi, $$ the fields $S$...
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How are supersymmetry transformations even defined?

I am just starting to read about supersymmetry for the first time, and there is something bothering me. Supersymmetry transformations transform between bosonic fields and fermionic fields, but I don't ...
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Why do we want supersymmetry transformations to form a group?

I am getting introduced into supersymmetry reading Ryder "Quantum Field Theory". I have taken an introductory course on QFT last semester so I am far from being an expert. Sorry if this is a silly ...
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How to prove the translation generator commutes with the spinors in SUSY algebra?

I was reading Modern Supersymmetry by John Terning, the book starts with SUSY algebra and says $$ \left[ P_{\mu} , Q_{\alpha} \right] = \left[ P_{\mu} , Q_{\alpha}^{\dagger} \right] = 0 $$ I am ...
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How to change a commutator of SUSY super-charges into an anti-commutator?

I would like to understand an apparently rather simple calculation which checks the closure of the Supersymmetry algebra via the commutator of 2 supersymmetric variations of the type: $$\delta \phi = ...
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Is there a type of supersymmetry where supercharges have spin 3/2?

Thinking of supersymmetry operators $Q$, they mix fields with a certain spin with fields with spin $1/2$ higher or lower. Thinking of open bosonic strings from string theory, the different modes are ...
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Could you get real space from Grassmann numbers?

You can get a vector field from a pair of spinor fields with $A_\mu(x)=\psi(x) \gamma_\mu \overline{\psi}(x)$. Using this fact could you define a space-time vector in terms of Grasman numbers? Say ...
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About the central charge of 4D extended supersymmetry algebra

The 4D SUSY algebra can be written as $$\{ Q_{\alpha}^{A} , Q_{\beta}^{B \dagger} \} = 2 m \delta^{AB} \delta_{\alpha \beta} + 2 i Z^{AB} \Gamma^0_{\alpha \beta}, \tag{B.2.37} $$ in a particular ...
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Cauchy-Schwarz inequality for Grassmann Integrals?

For square integrable functions $f,g$ of a real variable, the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality states that $$ \left(\int f(x)g(x)\,dx \right)^2 \le \int f(x)^2\,dx \int g(x)^2\,dx. $$ My question is: are ...
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Product of complex Grassmann numbers in higher dimensions

If two numbers $\eta$ and $\xi$ anti-commute. i.e., $$\eta\xi=-\xi\eta$$ they are called Grassmann numbers. It immediately follows that $$\eta^2=\xi^2=0,$$ and relations such as $$e^{a\eta}=1+a\eta;~~...
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An Identity for a Gaussian Grassmann integral from Wikipedia

I found this identity on Wikipedia: $$\int\exp\left[\theta^T A\eta+\theta^T J+K^T\eta\right]d\theta d\eta =\det A\exp\left[-K^TA^{-1}J\right],$$ where the integration variables are Grassmann ...
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How to construct a supersymmetry algebra?

Starting with the general notion of supersymmetry: $$Q| boson \rangle = | fermion \rangle \\ Q| fermion \rangle = | boson \rangle$$ I want to construct the superalgebra relations. After applying $...
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Can Grassmann-number variations of operators be represented by operators?

In my previous question, I asked about how to handle Grassmann-number variations of operators. I read a book that uses those variations $\delta \Phi = c \mathbb{1}$, with $c$ being a grassmann number ...
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Identifying superalgebras with fixed points under Cartan involution

I am making my way through the "Foundations of the $AdS_5 x S^5$ Superstring: Part I" paper by Arutyunov/Frolov 2009 (https://arxiv.org/abs/0901.4937v2) and am hoping someone can help me bridge a ...
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Extra Term in Super Particle Action

If you set up the first order formulation of a super particle $$S = \int dt \frac{1}{2}(\dot{x}^{\mu} \dot{x}_{\mu} - i \chi^{\mu} \dot{\chi}_{\mu})$$ by incorporating the constraints $$p^{\mu} p_{\...
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Localization and supersymmetry explanation

I'm confused about section 9.3 of the book Mirror Symmetry. In particular, I'm confused about the derivation carried out in equations (9.32) to (9.35) where they claim that the partition function is ...
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Two conjugations of supernumbers

Let $\theta$ and $\eta$ denote odd complex supernumbers (also known as Grassmann numbers), $a$ and $b$ arbitrary complex supernumbers. Say that $a$ is $\circ$-real (resp. $\circ$-imaginary) if $a^\...
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Eigenvalues of fermionic field operators

Consider the fermionic field operators $\psi_a(x), \psi^{\dagger}_b(y)$ with the canonical anti-commutation relations $$\{\psi_a(x),\psi_b(y)\} = 0 $$ and $$\{\psi^{\dagger}_b(t,\vec{x}),\psi_a(t,\vec{...
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What has “quantisation” to do with associated graded algebras?

I was currently reading an introduction into spin geometry by José Figueroa-O’Farrill. The first chapter handles Clifford algebras. When discussing the connection of the Clifford algebra to the ...
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Are Fock spaces just a special type of tensor algebra?

Are Fock spaces just a special type of tensor algebra? The definitions I am using: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fock_space http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor_algebra From what I can tell, the ...
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The super Grassmannian $G_{2|2}(4|4)$

In the paper, the super Grassmannian $G_{2|2}(4|4)$ is defined by (12)--(18). An element of $G_{2|2}(4|4)$ can be written as a $(2 | 2) \times (4 | 4)$ matrix of full rank modulo the left action by ...
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Notation of supermatrices

I am trying to understand supermatrices. First I want to know the notation of supermatrices. In the paper, it is mentioned $(2|4|2) \times (2|2)$ supermatrices. What are $(2|4|2) \times (2|2)$ ...
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Number of supercharges in ${\cal N}\ge 1$ SUSY in $d\ge4$ dimensions

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

This question is inspired from a reading of Appendix F of P. van Nieuwenhuizen, Supergravity, Phys. Rep. 68 (1981) pp. 369-374. Consider a "supermatrix" $$M = \left(\begin{array}{cc} A & B\\ C &...
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N=4 d=3 susy algebra

Does anybody know how to derive the $\mathcal{N}=4$ d=3 susy algebra doing a dimensional reduction from the most famous $\mathcal{N}=4$ d=4? Equivalently, does it exist a reference in the literature ...
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Convert Grassmann numbers to real numbers [closed]

We know Grassmann numbers are complex numbers. Hence Grassmann integrals are also complex. How can we convert a Grassmann integral into real one, ie is there any transformation of converting complex ...
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Where does the “Supersymmetry” in Witten's proof of the Morse inequalities come from?

Where does the "Supersymmetry" in Witten's proof of the Morse inequalities (original paper and outline of proof for mathematicians) come from? Hopefully someone can provide an intuitive understanding? ...
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About the definition of super Hilbert Spaces

I have found in the literature at least two different definitions of $\bf{super}$ Hilbert spaces: Definition 1: A super Hilbert space is a complex super-vector space $\mathcal{H}=\mathcal{H}_0\oplus \...
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Do the Grassmann coordinates in the superfield formalism have any physical meaning?

In the superfield formalism we consider fields in a space who has four so called bosonic coordinates $x^{\nu}$ and four so called fermionic coordinates $\theta_1$,$\theta_2$,$\bar{\theta_1}$,$\bar{\...
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Why must the supersymmetry generators be spinors?

I have read in a few places (for example, at page 5 here) that the supersymmetry generators must be spinors. Quoting the reference mentioned The generator of the symmetry must relate two types of ...
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What mathematical structure describes superspace and superfields?

In every book related to supersymmetry I have encountered at some point the idea of superspace is introduced. Superspace is presented as a space spanned by 4 "normal" directions and 4 Grassmannian ...
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Is it possible to write the fermionic quantum harmonic oscillator using $P$ and $X$?

The Hamiltonian of the quantum harmonic oscillator is $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{P^2}{2m}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2X^2$$ and we can define creation and annihilation operators $$b=\sqrt{\frac{m\omega}{2\hbar}}(X+\...
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Showing closure of the SUSY algebra of a free abelian gauge multiplet

Given the complete supersymmetric lagrangian of a free abelian gauge multiplet $$ \mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu} F^{\mu\nu} + i \bar{\lambda} \bar{\sigma}^\mu \partial_\mu \lambda + \frac{1}{2} ...
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Under what cases is the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) operator nilpotent?

It is understood that when we deal with gauge algebras which close on-shell only after using equations of motion or where the space-time is curved, we can no longer just do away with BRST quantization....
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Multivariable functions of Grassmann numbers

I'm trying to derive the closed form of the fermionic coherent state defined by the relation: $$ f_i|\vec{\eta}\rangle = \eta_i |\vec{\eta}\rangle \tag{4.10} $$ My book (Atland and Simons, Condensed ...
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Representations of subalgebra in the super virasoro algebra

In the Virasoro algebra, which is generated by $L_n$, one has the obvious subalgebra spanned by $L_{-1}$ ,$L_{1}$ and $L_{0}$ which is isomorphic to the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{R})$. The ...
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Why the bosonic part of the superconformal group $SU(2,2|1)$ is $SO(4,2) \times U(1)_R$?

Why in $d=4$ $\mathcal{N}=1$ SCFT the bosonic part of the superconformal group $SU(2,2|1)$ is $SO(4,2) \times U(1)_R$? More generally how can I determine the such a thing in other theories? Is there ...
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New Supersymmetry Algebra

We know that SUSY generators commute with translation $$ [P_\mu,Q_\alpha]=0 $$ I have some questions: What is this equation physical meaning? Is it possible to make "SUSY-like" generators that do not ...
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Does the commutator of anything with itself not vanish?

In a quantum mechanics exam one question was to write the commutator of a couple of operators. Everybody got points taken away since they did not write $[Q_i, Q_i] = 0$ for all the operators $Q_i$ in ...