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Keywords:

  • Quantum field theory;
  • supersymmetry.

Abstract

We consider the supersymmetric vector multiplet in a purely quantum framework. We obtain some discrepancies with respect to the literature in the expression of the super-propagator and we prove that the model is consistent only for positive mass. The gauge structure is constructed purely deductive and leads to the introduction of scalar ghost superfields, in analogy to the usual gauge theories. The construction of a consistent supersymmetric gauge theory based on the vector model depends crucially on the definition of gauge invariance. We find some significant difficulties to impose a supersymmetric gauge invariance condition for the usual expressions from the literature.