Global Supersymmetry

  • Rabindra N. Mohapatra
Part of the Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)


Ultimate unification of all particles and all interactions is the eternal dream of theoretical physicists. The unified gauge theories have taken us a step closer to realizing the second goal. However, since known “elementary” particles consist of both fermions (q, l) and bosons (photons γ, W, Z color octet of gluons) their ultimate unification would require them either to be composites of some basic set of fermions which can be unified within a Lie group framework or that there must exist a new symmetry that transforms bosons to fermions. In this chapter, we begin discussion of this latter kind of symmetry [1], known as supersymmetry. Supersymmetry was invented in 1973 by Wess and Zumino [2] and earlier in a nonlinear realization by Volkov and Akulov [3].


Gauge Transformation Vector Multiplet Supersymmetry Transformation Color Octet Weyl Spinor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rabindra N. Mohapatra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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