Supersymmetry represents the culmination of the search for
fundamental symmetries that has dominated particle physics for 50
years. Traditionally, the constituents of matter (fermions) were
regarded as different from the particles (bosons) transmitting the
forces between them. In supersymmetry, fermions and bosons are
unified. Intended for graduate students in particle physics, and
researchers in experimental and phenomenological supersymmetry,
this is the first textbook to provide a simple introduction to a
previously formidably technical field. Its elementary, practical
treatment brings readers to the frontier of contemporary research,
in particular the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
Theories are constructed through an intuitive 'trial and error'
approach. Basic elements of spinor formalism and superfields are
introduced, allowing readers to access more advanced treatments.
Emphasis is placed on physical understanding, and on detailed
derivations of important steps. Many short exercises are included,
making for a valuable and accessible self-study tool.