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

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Supercurrent conservation for super-Yang-Mills in D=3,4,6,10 dimensions

I am following the book by Freedman and Van-Proeyen and this question is related to exercise 6.3. The supercurrent of a super Yang-Mills theory is given by $\mathcal{J}^{\mu} = \gamma^{\nu \rho} F^...
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Intuitive way to get 10 dimensions in string theory?

To get the 26 dimensions is sort of intuitive (in a handwavey sort of way). Basically we solve: $$(D-2)\frac{1}{2}(1+2+3+4+...)=-1$$ Where $1+2+3+..$ times $\frac{1}{2}\hbar$ are the ground energy ...
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SUSY Loop diagrams from a categorical viewpoint

In the paper "A Prehistory of $n$-Categorical Physics" J. Baez and A. Lauda give an account of the use of category theory throughout physics. In section “Penrose (1971)” starting from page 25 they ...
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Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and the Localization Theorem

I am working through Tachikawa's review on instanton counting arXiv:1412/7121, and in his treatment of Atiyah's localization theorem (see section 3.1.3), he mentions the following equations: $$\text{...
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Standard References for 5d or 6d SUSY theories?

I'd like to learn more about them, but I need a text that I know is worth reading to start!
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$\alpha_n^{i}$ excitations in superstring vs $\psi_r^{i}$ excitations

Perhaps due to a gap in my learning I don't know why I don't see bosonic excitations $\alpha_n^{i}$ discussed in superstring theory, only fermionic excitations $\psi_r^i$. I know the NS sector ...
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Why are the particles identified that way in the MSSM?

In the MSSM the known fermions are the h=1/2 part of a h=0, h=1/2 multiplet. The gauge bosons are the h=1 part of a h=1, h=1/2 multiplet. Why is it this way round? Why are the fermions not part ...
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What is meant by the vacuum structure of ABJM theory?

I was reading the paper Large $N$ behavior of mass deformed ABJM theory. It talks about the vacuum structure of the (mass deformed) ABJM thoery. What does vacuum structure mean in general or in ...
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Heirarchy problem

Can anyone explain the hierarchy problem in context to Higgs mass corrections by scalar loop and fermion loop (the problem arising when we try to treat SM as an EFT)? and how do these corrections ...
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A Question About $4$-Spinor Contractions

Let $f_{abc}$ be a constant which is totally anti-symmetric with respect to indices $a$, $b$ and $c$. Let $\psi^{a}$, $\psi^{b}$, $\psi^{c}$ and $\epsilon$ be Grassmann-valued Majorana fermions. How ...
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BPS Wilson loop operators and supersymmetries

In recent papers the circular Wilson loop in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM is always called a 1/2 BPS operator. So, my initial idea was that a 1/2-BPS operator was an operator that preserves half of the ...
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Expanding superfields: inconsistency of notation?

If I have a wavefunction of a fermion field $\Psi[\psi]$ I can expand it like so about some vacuum: $$\Psi[\psi] = \Psi_0[\psi]( a + \int a(x)\psi(x)dx+\int a(x,y)\psi(x)\psi(y)dxdy+...)$$ Now all ...
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A Question about Wave-Function Renormalization Factor in SQCD

Here, I have a question about the one-loop computation of the wave-function renormalization factor in SQCD. According to Seiberg duality, the following electric $\mathrm{SQCD}_{e}$ \begin{gather} ...
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Gravitino Equation of motion in second-order formalism

In Freedman and Proeyen's text on supergravity they derive the equation of motion for the gravitino using the second order formalism. However, I'm not exactly clear as to how they use partial ...
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Determination of Torsion constraints in ${\cal N} = 1$, D = 10 Superspace

For the on-shell theory, containing the graviton $e_m^{\ \ \ a}$, gravitino $\psi_m^{\ \ \ \alpha}$, dilaton $\phi$, dilatino $\lambda$ and 3-form $H_{n m p}$, one has to demand that the SUSY algebra ...
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Higher spin supersymmetry [duplicate]

Higher spin theories are know to arise in several important areas. Indeed, string theory itself can be thought as certain truncation of higher spin theory. Can non-Vasiliev classical higher spin ...
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Why is an action built from superfields guaranteed to be supersymmetric?

Given a superfield (in 0+1 spacetime + 2 superspace coordinates) $$X(t,\theta_1,\theta_2) = x(t) + \theta_i \psi_i(t) + \theta_1 \theta_2 F_{12}(t)\tag{1}$$ and given the standard supercharges ...
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Where does R-parity come from?

R-parity is a concept used in particle physics and it is defined as: $$P_{\text{R}}=\left(-1\right)^{3\left(B-L\right)+2s}$$ where $B$ is baryon number, $L$ is lepton number, and $s$ is spin. By ...
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Is Supersymmetry really swapping fermions with bosons?

I've been studying supersymmetry for the last few months, and while I can do some mathematics with the Wess-Zumino model (show the Lagrangian is invariant under a susy transformation, find the Noether ...
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What does a supercharge physically conserve? [duplicate]

What is actually being conserved? I've calculated it for the Wess-Zumino model but I still have no idea what is actually being conserved due to Noether's Theorem. There is already a similar question, ...
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Supersymmetry Generator Definition for ${\cal N }= 1$

I am studying SYM $\mathcal{N}$ = 1 in D = 10, and using the bimodular representations for the 32x32 gamma matrices $\Gamma^a$. This means that I work with the off-diagonal 16x16 matrices, which I ...
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No supersymmetric particles have been found in the LHC. Isn't this proof that Supersymmetry doesn't exist? [duplicate]

The LHC can reach energies from $7(TeV)$ to $13(TeV)$ (see here) and the question of which this is supposed a duplicate. Which I think it isn't, because in that question (which has been asked already ...
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Spontaneous breaking of supersymmetry

I am a beginner in SUSY Quantum mechanics. I had read that the symmetry is spontaneously broken if $A \left|\psi \right>_n^{(1)}\neq 0 $ and symmetric if $A \left|\psi \right>_n^{(1)}= 0. $ But ...
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Meaning of mass-deformation in string theory and quantum field theories

I was reading some papers in the ABJM theory. I keep reading the term mass deformation but am not sure what it really means. I think the papers assume the reader is familiar with the term. Example ...
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Hamiltonian and Supercharges

Mirror Symmetry p.188 Eq. 10.109 states that $$H \left\vert \alpha\right> = 0 \Longleftrightarrow Q \left\vert\alpha\right> = \overline{Q} \left\vert\alpha\right> =0. \tag{10.109}$$ I dont ...
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Anticommutativity of an anticommutator of supercharges

In this paper, equation 38 gives the ${\cal N}=2$ Super-Poincare (extended with the central extension $\mathcal{Z}$). The anticommutation relation of the two different supercharges is given as: $$\{Q^...
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Lefschetz and Witten indices$.$

I couldn't help but notice a formal similarity between the Lefschetz index $$ \mathrm{ind}(f)=\sum_k (-1)^k\operatorname{tr}(f_*|H_k) $$ and the Witten index $$ Z=\operatorname{tr}((-1)^Fe^{-\beta H}) ...
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SUSY Breaking in the Vacuum

Under what conditions is supersymmetry preserved in the vacuum state? In particular, suppose I have some super potential $W(x)$ which does not permit normalizable ground-state wave functions (such as $...
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A question on supersymmetry variation of the Wilson loop in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM

The Wilson loop in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM is $$W=\frac{1}{N}tr P \exp \int ds (i A_\mu(x) \dot{x}^\mu+\Phi_i(x)\theta^i|\dot{x}|).\tag{2.3}$$ In order to check whether this operator is supersymmetric I ...
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Localization Principle (SUSY)

Mirror Symmetry p.200/201 Last section p.200/first p.201 It says, that the localization principle would not work if one would not impose periodic boundary conditions for the fermion integration, ...
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Why is supersymmetry a continuous symmetry?

Supersymmetry feels like a discrete symmetry to me, since the fermions are turning into bosons, and vice versa. I understand there is an infinitesimal parameter involved in the transformations, but I ...
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Vanishing correlation function

Mirror Symmetry p. 206, Eq. 10.192. I have an operator $\mathcal{O}$ that commutes with my supercharge $\overline{Q}_+ $, $\left[\overline{Q}_+, \mathcal{O} \right]=0$. Why does the correlation ...
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Wavefunction Renormalization in Wess-Zumino Model

In Modern Supersymmetry: Dynamics and Duality, on page 134 and 135 in section 8.2, the authors studied the wavefunction renormalization of the Wess-Zumino model. The kinetic terms are given by $$\...
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Supersymmetry Perturbation Theory

Source:Mirror Symmetry p.198 I have the Hamiltonian $$H = \lambda\bigg( \frac{1}{2} \tilde{p} + \frac{1}{2}h''(x_i)^2(\tilde{x}-\tilde{x_i})^2 + \frac{1}{2}h''(x_i)[\overline{\psi}, \psi] \bigg) + \...
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Dark matter and supersymmetric particles

Is there a possibility to consider supersymmetric particles of fermions and bosons as the unknown dark matter?
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Book with explanation of Kazama-Suzuki models

The book "Introduction to Conformal Field Theory" by Blumenhagen and Plauschinn (BP) covers coset construction and minimal models, but it stops there. The original papers by Kazama and Suzuki seem to ...
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Witten Index of Riemannian Manifold

Consider a system on a Riemannian manifold with the Lagrangian $$L = \frac{1}{2}g_{IJ} \dot{\phi}^I \dot{\phi}^J + \frac{i}{2}g_{IJ}(\overline{\psi}^I D_t \psi^J - D_t \overline{\psi}^I \psi^J) - \...
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Vanishing partition function [duplicate]

I am currently stuck with the following partition function Let the action be $$S(X, \psi^1, \psi^2) = \frac{1}{2} (\partial h)^2 - \partial^2h\psi^1 \psi^2 ,$$ where $h$ is a real function of the ...
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Grassmann-even action

I am currently studying supersymmetric quantum mechanics with the help of the book Mirror Symmetry by Kentaro Hori (and others). On page 155 where they introduce Grassmann variables they say that the ...
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What is a global limit in gauged supergravity?

Does anyone know what a global limit (rigid limit), where the gauge coupling constant is zero, in gauged supergravity is?
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$R$-Symmetry of gauge field

Suppose $V$ is a superfield scalar under R-transformations. This means that under an R-transformation $V\mapsto V'$ where $V'(x,\theta,\bar{\theta})=V(x,e^{-iK}\theta,e^{iK}\bar{\theta})$. What is ...
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What is the physical meaning of a Supercharge?

What is actually being conserved? I've calculated it for the Wess-Zumino model but I still have no idea what is actually being conserved due to Noether's Theorem. There is already a similar question, ...
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What is an optical supermode?

What is an optical supermode? Is it related to a specific type of symmetry? Am studying a paper, Parity anomaly laser. D.A. Smirnova et al. Opt. Lett. 44, 1120 (2019), arXiv:1811.06300 that ...
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Super GoldStone model and SuperHiggs theorem

I am currently studying SuperSymmetry and I have reached a problem which I have not found an answer to. I clearly understand how the Goldstone theorem works for the boson case (without any susy) ...
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Anti-Commutator of derivatives of Grassmann variables

How do I evaluate the anti-commutator of $\frac{\partial}{\partial\chi}$ and $\frac{\partial}{\partial\eta}$ when both $\chi$ and $\eta$ are Grassmann variables?
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A Question about Wess-Zumino Gauge in Non-Abelian Gauge Theory

I have a question about the Wess-Zumino gauge in non-Abelian supersymmetric gauge theory. I am following BUSSTEPP Lectures on Supersymmetry. The spinortial field strength is defined as $$W_{\alpha}(...
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Fermionic contribution to central charge in $\mathcal{N}=2$ Super Yang-Mills?

I am trying to replicate the calculation of the central charge for $\mathcal{N}=2$ Super Yang-Mills, by following Weinberg's textbook in section 27.9. He calculates it by finding how one supercurrent ...
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Can gamma matrices be real in 6 dimensions?

I'm trying to find the really real representation of 6D gamma matrices. The problem is that "do they really exist?" If yes, then how am I supposed to construct them? Thank you!
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How to get the mass squared for the Green-Schwarz string?

Im following the GSW book. Specifically equations (5.2.39), (5.2.40) $$H=\frac{1}{2p^-}((p^i)^2+2N)$$ $$N=\sum_{m=1}^\infty(\alpha_{-m}^i\alpha_m^i+mS_{-m}^aS_{m}^a)$$ are not clear for me. I know, ...
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Silly Question about Supersymmetric Gauge Theory

In $\mathcal{N}=1$ super electrodynamics, one has the following vector superfield $$V(x,\theta,\bar{\theta})=\bar{\theta}\bar{\sigma}^{\mu}\theta v_{\mu}(x)+\bar{\theta}^{2}\theta\lambda+\theta^{2}\...