Applied N

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World Scientific, 1984 - Science - 116 pages
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These lectures give an elementary introduction to the important recent developments of the applications of N=1 supergravity to the construction of unified models of elementary particle interactions. Topics covered include couplings of supergravity with matter, spontaneous symmetry breaking and the super-higgs effect, construction of supergravity unified models, and the phenomenon of SU(2) x U(1) electroweak-symmetry breaking by supergravity. Experimental consequences of N-1 supergravity unified theory, in particular, the possible supersymmetric decays of the Wą and Z0 bosons, are also discussed. The treatment presented encompasses a broad class of models, both of the tree breaking as well as the radiative breaking of SU(2) x U(1). Rules of tensor calculus and the explicit construction of the Lagrangian of the Supergravity-matter couplings are given in the appendix.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Supergravity Matter Couplings and Effective Potential
17
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and SuperHiggs Effect
25
Supergravity Models
31
SU2XU1 Breaking by Supergravity
39
Radiative Breaking of SU2XU1
53
Supersymmetric Decays of W and Z Bosons
65
Conclusion
77
References
101
Figure Captions
110
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