FYS5190 – Supersymmetry

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

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Course content

Introduction to basic group theory, representations and Lie algebras. The Poincaré algebra and its supersymmetric extensions, Weyl spinors, N=1 supersymmetry, superspace and superfields, supersymmetry breaking, renormalization group equations, the hierarchy problem, GUTs, vacuum energy, the Lagrangian of the MSSM, R-parity, radiative EWSB and Higgs bosons, mass spectrum of the MSSM, Dark Matter candidates, Feynman-diagram calculations, sparticles at colliders, precision test, current bounds and searches, variations on the MSSM.

Learning outcome

The students should be able to understand research papers dealing with the phenomenology of supersymmetric particles and supersymmetric model building, and be able to interpret current and future experimental results from searches for supersymmetry. They should understand the fundamental arguments in favor of supersymmetry at low energies, and the problems that the theory faces. They should be able to carry out calculations in perturbation theory of supersymmetric particle production, scattering on ordinary matter, annihilation and decay.

FYS4170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory and FYS4560 – Elementary particle physics (discontinued)

Overlapping courses


The course will be taught over a whole semester with 4 hours of lectures per week. Exercises will be given and their resolution discussed in class. A mandatory home-exam will be given during the course.


Combination of final oral exam with an approximate weight of 80% and home-exam with approximate weight of 20%. To pass the course, both home-exam and final exam must be passed.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 26, 2020 11:11:53 AM

Facts about this course


Every other autumn starting 2011

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

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