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The Erwin Schroedinger Institute for Mathematical Physics

Antoine Van Proeyen (KU Leuven): Supergravity

Advanced Graduate Lecture Course:

Lecture Course (260091 VU): March 7 - 29, 2019
Time: 13:15 - 14:45
Start: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Further Dates: March 8, March 14, March 15, March 22, March 28, March 29

Abstract:
Students with a basic knowledge of supersymmetry will be introduced in the basic ingredients of a supergravity theory. They will learn how to obtain an action that is invariant under a set of local supersymmetry trans-formations satisfying an algebra that contains general coordinate transformations. They will be introduced in the tools that are useful for constructing couplings of matter fields to the simplest supergravity theories: the superconformal calculus. In particular they will in this way obtain the basic structure of N=1 matter-coupled supergravity.


Content:
1. A few ingredients. Here could come a bit notation on the spinors, the Rarita-Schwinger field, symmetry transformations in general, and differential geometry.
2. The basic N=1 supergravity in D=4. First a repetition about first and second order formulation of general relativity and then generalizing it to the the basic N=1 supergravity in D=4.
3. Gauged spacetime translations and the superconformal group.
4. The conformal approach to pure N=1 supergravity.
5. Construction of the matter-coupled N=1 supergravity.
6. The physical N=1 matter-coupled supergravity.


Aim:
These lectures are intended to learn the students the basic ingredients of a supergravity theory and teach them how to obtain a supergravity theory using the tools of superconformal calculus.

 Lecture Course Announcement (pdf)

Link to the course directory.

At a glance

Type: SRF course
When: Mar 07, 2019 to
Mar 29, 2019
Where: ESI, Schrödinger Lecture Hall
Organizers: Christoph Dellago (ESI, U Vienna)
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