Modern Supersymmetry: Dynamics and Duality (International Series of Monographs on Physics)

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The book begins with a brief review of supersymmetry and the construction of the minimal supersymmetric standard model and approaches to supersymmetry breaking. General non-perturbative methods are also reviewing leading to the development of holomorphy and the Affleck-Dine-Seiberg superpotential as powerful tools for analyzing supersymmetric theories. Seiberg duality is discussed in detail, with many example applications provided, with special attention paid to its use in understanding dynamical supersymmetry breaking. The Seiberg-Witten theory of monopoles is introduced through the analysis of simpler N=1 analogues. Superconformal field theories are described along with the most recent development known as "a-maximization". Supergravity theories are examined in 4, 10, and 11 dimensions, allowing for a discussion of anomaly and gaugino mediation, and setting the stage for the anti-de-Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence. This book is unique in containing an overview of the important developments in supersymmetry since the publication of "Supersymmetry and Supergravity" by Wess and Bagger. It also strives to cover topics that are of interest to both formal and phenomenological theorists.

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'The title Modern Supersymmetry is very appropriate. This book describes especially well the more abstract and mathematical progress, such as the Seiberg-Witten theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence.' B. Zumino, Univeristy of California, Berkeley

'John Terning's Modern Supersymmetry gathers most of the beautiful results of sypersymmetric quantum field theory in one relatively thin volume - making it a good foundation for an advanced graduate course.' H. Georgi, Harvard University

'Terning has made important discoveries in this field, and his deep insight and broad perspective are vividly reflected in this book. His explanations are extremely clear and emphasize the relevant points. I am sure that this book will become a classic.' Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

'Our perspective on quantum field theory has been revolutionized by uncovering the wonderful properties of supersymmetric theories. This book gives an excellent and clear introduction to this remarkable subject, and is sure to become a standard reference for graduate students and researchers in areas spanning particle theory, string theory and cosmology.' Nima Arkani-HamedInstitute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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John Terning is in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Davis.

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