This question stems from page 14 of John Terning's *Modern Supersymmetry*.

Suppose we consider $\mathcal{N} = 2$ supersymmetry, and denote the spin-0 Clifford vaccuum by $\Omega_0$. Now, the non-trivial anticommutators of the SUSY algebra for a massive supermultiplet of mass $m$ are

$\{Q_\alpha^a, {Q^\dagger}_{\dot{\alpha}b}\} = 2 m \delta_{\alpha\dot{\alpha}}\delta^a_b$

where $a, b = 1, \ldots, \mathcal{N}$. Let's build the states.

$|\Omega_0\rangle$ spin = 0

${Q^\dagger}_{\dot{\alpha}a} |\Omega_0\rangle$ spin = 0 + 1/2 = 1/2

${Q^\dagger}_{\dot{\alpha}a} {Q^\dagger}_{\dot{\beta}b} |\Omega_0\rangle$ **naively, spin = 0 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 1**, except this doesn't seem to be true, because you can get both spin 0 and spin 1 in this case.

In the book, the author first provides a schematic construction of the supermultiplet starting from a Clifford vacuum of spin s. Then, he considers a specific example for $\mathcal{N} = 2$.

But in the general case of spin s, he doesn't seem to distinguish between states of spin $s + 1/2$ and $s - 1/2$. Why not?

I am guessing this is more to do with notation than anything else, but doesn't $s$ denote the TOTAL SPIN? A massive state should be labeled then by $|m, s, s_3\rangle$ and not just the total spin.

To be perfectly clear, what happens when $Q^\dagger$ acts on a general state of spin $s$? Does it produce a rung of states with total spin ranging from $-|s-1/2|$ to $|s+1/2|$?

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