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Does anybody know good references to learn about Lie superalgebras? I started with Howe's "Remarks on classical invariant theory", which contains a study of osp(m,2n), and now I am reading Kac's '77 Advances paper. I wonder if there are other helpful sources. I am especially interested in getting a feel for the representation theory.

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Have you seen the survey by Frappat-Sciarrino-Sorba, "Dictionary on Lie Superalgebras" listed here?

When you have collected more references, please feel encouraged to add them to that list there...

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Thanks! I wasn't aware of that survey, although I guess after all this talk about nLab/mathflow I should have known to check there first before posting my question. – Oded Yacobi Oct 20 '09 at 9:32
In fact, I started expanded that entry and added that reference only after having seen your question here. So you wouldn't have found it before. See, I always feel that just posting an answer here is a bit of a waste of energy, as it will just eventually disappear in noise. I'd much rather give the answer in a stable place such as a wiki, and then just point to that from here. That seems to be much more efficient and sustainable. – Urs Schreiber Oct 27 '09 at 16:44
  1. D. Leites, Lie superalgebras, J. Soviet Math. 30 (1985), 2481-2512 [ ] - a survey.
  2. M. Scheunert, The theory of Lie superalgebras. An introduction, Lect. Notes Math. 716 (1979) [should be available online].
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I like the book Varadarajan: "Supersymmetry for Mathematicians: An Introduction", but that tries to explain different aspects of supersymmetry used by physicists besides Lie superalgebras you may or may not be interested in.

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For a quick, self-learning introduction you can take a look at Alberto Elduque's talks and papers in

Alberto Elduque’s Research

starting first with the talk called "Simple modular Lie superalgebras; Encuentro Matemático Hispano-Marroquí (Casablanca, 2008)."

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By request, I have moved Kaplansky's never-quite-published writings on Lie and Jordan superalgebras to one of my sites, in this case

I also posted some of his correspondence with Kevin McCrimmon

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The representation theory has been developed by a number of people, including Jon Brundan and Sasha Kleschchev at U. Oregon. Take a look at the publication list Brundan has (with PDF files) on his homepage:

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