Two-component spinor techniques and Feynman rules for quantum field theory and supersymmetry

This is the home page for the review paper "Two-component spinor techniques and Feynman rules for quantum field theory and supersymmetry", by Herbi K. Dreiner, Howard E. Haber, and Stephen P. Martin. The current arXiv version is v5 (311 pages, August 2010). It is available from http://arxiv.org/abs/0812.1594 . There is also a version published in Physics Reports 494, 1, (2010), which is nearly identical to the current arXiv version.

The arXiv version, and the Physics Reports version to appear, use the spacetime metric signature (+1,-1,-1,-1), as is found for example in the field theory textbooks by Ramond, and by Peskin and Schroeder . However, many people including one of the authors (Martin) prefer the metric signature (-1, +1, +1, +1), as is found for example in the textbooks by Weinberg, by Wess and Bagger, by Srednicki, and in Martin's Supersymmetry Primer. Here is a PDF file of v5 of our review with the (-1, +1, +1, +1) metric convention, which should be identical in every other respect: DHMspinors_v5.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the Physics Reports version (September 2010) is here: DHM_corr_PhysicsReports.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the arXiv v5 (311 pages, August 2010) is here: DHM_corr_v5.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the arXiv v4 (311 pages, December 2009) is here: DHM_corr_v4.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the arXiv v3 (305 pages, October 2009) is here: DHM_corr_v3.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the arXiv v2 (299 pages, September 2009) is here: DHM_corr_v2.pdf.

The list of known corrections to the arXiv v1 (246 pages, December 2008) is here: DHM_corr_v1.pdf.

We welcome further corrections, comments, and suggestions, sent to any of the authors listed above.

Both the (+1,-1,-1,-1) and the (-1, +1, +1, +1) metric versions were made from the single LaTeX file DHMspinors_v5.tex. [If you are curious and want to LaTeX this for some reason, you may need the style files hvdashln.sty and axodraw.sty; other packages used should be in most standard LaTeX distributions. The choice of metric signature is implemented by simply changing a single character in the LaTeX file, namely the argument of line 16, with \def\signofmetric{0} corresponding to the (+1,-1,-1,-1) metric and \def\signofmetric{1} to the (-1, +1, +1, +1) metric.]

A shorter (50 page) discussion can be found as Stephen P. Martin's TASI 2011 lecture notes.