Unification of the Fundamental Particle Interactions

  • Sergio Ferrara
  • John Ellis
  • Peter van Nieuwenhuizen

Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Berthold Stech
    Pages 23-40
  3. Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Daniel Z. Freedman
    Pages 41-51
  4. K. T. Mahanthappa, Marc A. Sher
    Pages 53-67
  5. John Ellis, Mary K. Gaillard, Luciano Maiani, Bruno Zumino
    Pages 69-88
  6. Yuval Ne’eman
    Pages 89-99
  7. B. Zumino
    Pages 101-117
  8. Sergio Ferrara
    Pages 119-136
  9. Eugène Cremmer
    Pages 137-155
  10. R. D’Auria, P. Fré, T. Regge
    Pages 171-185
  11. Martin F. Sohnius, Kellogg S. Stelle, Peter C. West
    Pages 187-244
  12. Jogesh C. Pati
    Pages 267-303
  13. Peter Breitenlohner
    Pages 349-368

About this book


This volume constitutes the Proceedings of a Europhysics Study Conference held in Erice, Sicily from March 17 to 24, 1980. The objective of the meeting was to bring together practitioners of two different approaches to the unification of the fundamental par­ ticle interactions: supersymmetry and supergravity on the one hand, and grand unified gauge theories on the other hand. The hope was that exposure to each others' ideas and problems would at least aid mutual comprehension, and might start people thinking how to develop a synthesis of the two approaches which could avoid their individual shortcomings. It is not clear to us how successful the conference was in achieving these objectives. On the one hand many important ad­ vances in supersymmetric theories were reported which were primarily of a technical nature, while some interesting attempts to probe the phenomenological consequences of supersymmetry and supergravity were also presented. On the other hand there was considerable in­ terest in phenomenological aspects of grand unified theories such as proton decay, neutrino masses and oscillations, and links with cosmology. There was also some work on model-building but rela­ tively few purely technical advances. A few speakers tried to build bridges between the formalism of supersymmetry or supergravity and the phenomenologically successful gauge theories of elementary par­ ticle interactions.


cosmology dynamics electron experiment gravitation gravity oscillation particle physics physics quantization quark stability symmetry universe

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Ferrara
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • John Ellis
    • 2
  • Peter van Nieuwenhuizen
    • 4
  1. 1.INFNFrascatiItaly
  2. 2.Theory DivisionCERNGeneva 23Switzerland
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueEcole Normale SupérieureParisFrance
  4. 4.State University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-3171-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-3173-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-3171-1
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