Spontaneous Collapse of Supersymmetry

Detlev Buchholz, Izumi Ojima
January 03, 1997
It is shown that, if generators of supersymmetry transformations (supercharges) can be defined in a spatially homogeneous physical state, then this state describes the vacuum. Thus, supersymmetry is broken in any thermal state and it is impossible to proceed from it by ``symmetrization'' to states on which an action of supercharges can be defined. So, unlike the familiar spontaneous breakdown of bosonic symmetries, there is a complete collapse of supersymmetry in thermal states. It is also shown that spatially homogeneous superthermal ensembles are never supersymmetric.