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Supersymmetry DeMYSTiFied 1st Edition

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Patrick Labelle has a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University and held a postdoctoral position for two years at McGill University. He has been teaching physics at the college level for twelve years at Bishop’s University and Champlain Regional College in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Dr. Labelle spent summers doing research both at the Centre Européen de Recherches Nucléaires (CERN) in Geneva, home of the Large Hadron Collider, and at Fermilab, the world’s second largest particle accelerator near Chicago. He has published a dozen papers in particle physics and has participated in the French translation of Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe (in the role of technical adviser).

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  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 481 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071636412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071636414
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William O. Straub on January 12, 2011
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This is the best book I've seen to date on supersymmetry and, at nearly 500 pages, it doesn't skimp on the elementary details one needs to get a firm grasp on the subject. I've always believed that a basic understanding of supersymmetry has been unnecessarily hampered by the notation, which is far more complicated than that of any other relativistic theory (that's putting it mildly; the notation is truly exasperating). But the author is aware of this, and the first few chapters provide the most gentle explanation I've seen yet (particularly the notation of dotted and undotted spinors). That said, you'll still need to have a fairly decent background in quantum field theory to do the calculations, especially those presented in Chapter 9.

By the time you've digested the book's material on abelian and non-abelian gauge theories, you should be convinced that supersymmetry is a truly beautiful theory. However, like string theory there's no experimental data to support supersymmetry, so the question of whether it's all just empty, non-physical mathematical formalism has yet to be answered.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian Oxley on February 21, 2010
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I am really impressed with the DeMYSTiFieD series of books, and supersymmetry is another fine example. McMahon (quantum field theory, relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory) got me started on the series, and Labelle makes good company.

I was a physics major in college, and left the field to raise a family as a computer programmer. These books fill a void I've had ever since, and I recommend them to anyone with reasonable math background interested in deepening their knowledge.

(Actually, if you are obsessed enough on the topic of modern physics, you can gain the math background as well starting at earlier points in the DeMYSTiFieD series. Earnest readers can enter the series just about anywhere from high school math to grad math.)

In addition to fine authors, the editors and publisher deserve praise for supporting this series. All books I've seen are affordable, well-constructed, filled with good material without fluff, and have well-chosen authors.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michel Helou on June 13, 2010
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I found this a great reading book and the contents are outlined with new theories, which will help to advance graduate students in Theoretical Physics. I strongly recommend this as a good reference book to further explore the fields of Super Algebra, Super fields, Weyl Spinors and Gauge theory, but prior knowledge of Tensor Calculus, Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Mechanics is required.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By XylyX on November 1, 2010
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I want to thank the Demystified series for this excellent book. I am an experimental physicist by training and covered Quantum Field Theory in grad school, but I remember sitting in on a Supersymmetry course and being immediately annoyed by the confusing notation and arrogant attitude of the specialists who thought everything was so obvious. In particular I remember their glib assumption that Marjorana spinors were well known to everyone, even though we all study the Dirac equation in Weyl or Dirac basis. Sooooo annoying. The author of this book obviously felt the same way but he actually did something about it and I am so greatful.

This book is the book I had been waiting for and I want to congratulate the Demystified series for publishing it. It is suitable for genuine academic use and it does something remarkable: it sheds extra light on Quantum Field Theory along the way. I am still a bit shocked that the best intro text in the field was bought at Borders! Hahahahaa. I have restarted the more classic and impenatrable text by Wess and Bagger now that I have this book under my belt. It feels like I am learning and reviewing the material.

Not only do I reccomend this book for students, but also for physics professors teaching SUSY as a blueprint for the first few weeks of instruction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DonP on July 25, 2015
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Extremely well written and very suitable for self study even by those not in the field such as myself. But in my opinion prior familiarity with Dirac spinors, non-abelian gauge field theory, and the standard model is needed. Supersymmetry (SUSY) predicts a supersymmetric partner particle for every particle. This partner particle has the same properties except for a spin differing by 1/2. SUSY solves many problems in quantum field theory and cosmology, such as eliminating many divergences from loops, predicting a precise unification of the forces at about 2x10^16 GeV, eliminating the huge vacuum energy density expected due to the number of fermion particle types not equaling the number of boson particle types, and possibly explaining the large dark matter content of the universe since the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) is expected to be stable if R-parity conservation holds. The ending chapters present and discuss the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM). Lower and upper mass limits to one of the Higgs bosons are derived. The Higgs boson discovered at the Large Hadronic Collider (LHC) has a mass of about 125 GeV and the upper limit predicted beforehand from MSSM is 130 GeV. No supersymmetric partner particle has yet been discovered, but may be by the LHC in its current run at higher energy. The treatment is for a global SUSY Weyl spinor parameter. This is called "rigid" supersymmetry. When supersymmetry is allowed to be a local symmetry, this leads to supergravity (SUGRA), which is not treated in this book. The first ten chapters find the SUSY transformations of the fields and the construction of the SUSY invariant Lagrangians by trial and error using dimensional analysis, basic transformation properties, and Lorentz invariance as a guide.Read more ›
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