Harmonic Superspace

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Here is the first pedagogical introduction to harmonic superspace in extended supersymmetry by the scientists who developed the method. Inspired by developments in superstring theory, it provides a systematic treatment of the quantum field theories with N=2 and N=3 supersymmetry in Harmonic Superspace. The authors present the harmonic superspace approach as a means of providing an off-shell description of the N=2 supersymmetric theories, both at the classical and quantum levels. Furthermore, they show how it offers a unique way to construct an off-shell formulation of a theory with higher supersymmetry, namely, the N=3 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. Harmonic Superspace makes manifest many remarkable geometric properties of the N=2 theories, for example, the one-to-one correspondence between N=2 supersymmetric matter, and hyper-Kähler and quaternionic manifolds.

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Preface; 1. Introductory overview; 2. Elements of supersymmetry; 3. Superspace; 4. Harmonic analysis; 5. N=2 matter with infinite sets of auxiliary fields; 6. N=2 matter multiplets with a finite number of auxiliary fields. N=2 duality transformations; 7. Supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories; 8. Harmonic supergraphs; 9. Conformal invariance in N=2 harmonic superspace; 10. Supergravity; 11. Hyper-Kähler geometry in harmonic space; 12. N=3 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory; 13. Conclusions; Appendix. Notations, conventions and useful formulas; References; Index.

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