In theoretical physics, the Fayet-Iliopoulos D-term (introduced by Pierre Fayet and John Iliopoulos) is a D-term in a supersymmetric theory obtained from a vector superfield V simply by an integral over all of superspace:

\( S_{FI} = \xi \int d^4\theta \, V \)

Because a natural trace must be a part of the expression, the action only exists for U(1) vector superfields.

In terms of the components, it is proportional simply to the last auxiliary D-term of the superfield V. It means that the corresponding D that appears in D-flatness conditions (and whose square enters the ordinary potential) is additively shifted by \( \xi \), the coefficient.


P. Fayet, J. Iliopoulos, Spontaneously Broken Supergauge Symmetries And Goldstone Spinors., Phys.Lett.B51:461-464,1974. (Entry in SPIRES)

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