Designed as a sequel to the authors' Introduction to Gauge Field Theory, Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory introduces first-year graduate students to supersymmetric theories, including supergravity and superstring theories. Starting with the necessary background in quantum field theory, the book covers the three key topics of high-energy physics. The emphasis is on practical calculations rather than abstract generalities or phenomenological results. Where possible, the authors show how to calculate, connecting the theoretical with the phenomenological. While the field continues to advance and grow, this book addresses the basic theory at the core and will likely remain relevant even if more advanced ideas change.
Supersymmetry algebra and multiplets. Lagrangians for chiral superfields. Lagrangians for vector superfields. Pure supergravity. Coupling of supergravity to matter. Supergravity grand unified theories. The bosonic string. The superstring. The heterotic string. Compactification of ten dimensional heterotic string to four dimensions. Direct construction of four dimensional heterotic string theories. Superstring interactions. Appendices. Index.