# Five Lectures on Supersymmetry

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*Daniel S. Freed*

Since physicists introduced supersymmetry in the mid 1970s, there have been
great advances in the understanding of supersymmetric quantum field theories
and string theories. These advances have had important mathematical
consequences as well.

The lectures featured in this book treat fundamental concepts necessary for
understanding the physics behind these mathematical applications. Freed
approaches the topic with the assumption that the basic notions of
supersymmetric field theory are unfamiliar to most mathematicians. He presents
the material intending to impart a firm grounding in the elementary ideas.

The first half of the book offers expository introductions to superalgebras,
supermanifolds, classical field theory, free quantum theories, and super
Poincaré groups. The second half covers specific models and describes some of
their geometric features. The overall aim is to explain the classical
supersymmetric field theories that are basic for applications in quantum
mechanics and quantum field theory, thereby providing readers with sufficient
background to explore the quantum ideas.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians working in mathematical physics, especially in quantum field theory.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

This stimulating book contains five lectures delivered by the author at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. The aim is to introduce the basic concepts of supersymmetry to mathematicians. The exposition is clear, concise, and direct, and the topics are very well chosen. A brief list of references for each lecture is also included.

-- Mathematical Reviews