Dmitrij Volkov, super-Poincaré group and Grassmann variables


  • A.A. Zheltukhin

    1. Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, 1, Akademicheskaya St., Kharkov, 61108, Ukraine
    2. Fysikum, AlbaNova, Stockholm University, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden
    3. NORDITA, Roslagstullsbacken 23, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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A fundamental role of the Hermann Grassmann anticommuting variables both in physics and mathematics is discussed on the example of supersymmetry. The talk describes how the D. Volkov question about possibility of the existence of Nambu-Goldstone fermions, realized by the Grassmannian variables, resulted in the discovery of the super-Poincaré group, its spontaneous breaking and gauging.