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Supergravity for beginners.

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
    Can you suggest any lecture notes/review articles/free books available in the internet at introductory level and which uses standard conventions in use at present? Thanks.
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  3. Dec 12, 2009 #2
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  4. Dec 12, 2009 #3
    It's not free, but if you like his style, Weinberg's 3rd volume is pretty good.
  5. Dec 13, 2009 #4
    Thanks for your responses. I have come across some review articles but I am not sure exactly which one would be best to learn from. Since I will have to learn myself, first I want to be sure about a particular source. In past I have at times felt this difficulty: I grabbed whatever source I found to learn some specific topic and after sometime realized that I should switch the source due to difficulty in following the material at later stages. So effectively I wasted time. The reason I asked this question here was to learn from your experiences: get a specific suggestion about a material which one would be possibly able to use alone. Thanks for your attention, anyway.
  6. Dec 13, 2009 #5


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    I really liked Samtleben's introduction. He also wrote a nice introduction about gauged sugra. Samtleben's intro is the most basic but also one of the clearest I could find when I tried to get a grasp on sugra.

    Van Proeyen's notes are also quite nice, but his conventions are in my opinion sometimes quite awful. That's a matter of taste ofcourse.

    So I suggest Samtleben ;)
  7. Dec 31, 2009 #6

    Hopefully that link worked out. I was given that to learn from, and although I'm no expert in the field, I've certainly found it reasonably intelligible. I understand that it's a bit outdated, but nonetheless, it's still good for learning the basics.

    It'd be nice to find a newer review that discusses what went wrong in this paper so I can understand the current state of affairs.
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