An overview of supersymmetry and supergravity

  • J. Scherk
Supersymmetry and Group Theory Session Organized by J. Scherk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 116)


Supersymmetry is defined in terms of transformations which leave an action invariant and transform fermions into bosons and vice-versa. Graded Lie algebras (GLA's) are the basic mathematical structures used in supersymmetry / supergravity (SG). Several GLA's used in SS/SG models as well as their representations, are discussed: the (extended) Poincaré GLA, the (extended) De Sitter GLA, the (extended) conformal GLA. The N = 8 model and its relevance (or irrelevance) to physics are discussed in great detail.


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  • J. Scherk
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueEcole Normale SupérieureParix Cedex 05France

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