standard model of particle physics
matter field fermions (spinors, Dirac fields)
1st | 2nd | 3d |
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up? | charm | top |
down? | strange? | bottom |
hadron (bound states of the above quarks)
minimally extended supersymmetric standard model
bosinos:
dark matter candidates
Exotica
The standard model of particle physics asserts that the fundamental quantum physical fields and particles are modeled as sections of and connections on a vector bundle that is associated to a $G$-principal bundle, where the Lie group $G$ – called the gauge group – is the product of (special) unitary groups $G = SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1)$ (or rather a quotient of this by the cyclic group $Z/6$, see there) and where the representation of $G$ used to form the associated vector bundle looks fairly ad hoc on first sight.
A grand unified theory (“GUT” for short) in this context is an attempt to realize the standard model as sitting inside a conceptually simpler model, in particular one for which the gauge group is a bigger but simpler group $\hat{G}$, preferably a simple Lie group in the technical sense, which contains $G$ as a subgroup. Such a grand unified theory would be phenomenologically viable if a process of spontaneous symmetry breaking at some high energy scale – the “GUT scale” – would reduce the model back to the standard model of particle physics without adding spurious extra effects that would not be in agreement with existing observations in experiment.
The terminology “grand unified” here refers to the fact that such a single simple group $\hat{G}$ would unify the fundamental forces of electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force and the strong nuclear force in a way that generalizes the way in which the electroweak field already unifies the weak nuclear force and electromagnetism, and electromagnetism already unifies, as the word says, electricity and magnetism.
Since no GUT model has been fully validated yet (but see for instance Fong-Meloni 14), GUTs are models “beyond the standard model”. Often quantum physics “beyond the standard model” is expected to also say something sensible about quantum gravity and hence unify not just the three gauge forces but also the fourth known fundamental force, which is gravity. Models that aim to do all of this would then “unify” the entire content of the standard model of particle physics plus the standard model of cosmology, hence “everything that is known about fundamental physics” to date. Therefore such theories are then sometimes called a theory of everything.
(Here it is important to remember the context, both “grand unified” and “of everything” refers to aspects of presently available models of fundamental physics, and not to deeper philosophical questions of ontology.)
The argument for the hypothesis of “grand unification” is fairly compelling if one asks for simple algebraic structures in the technical sense (simple Lie groups and their irreducible representations):
The exact gauge group of the standard model of particle physics is really a quotient group
where the cyclic group $\mathbb{Z}_6$ acts freely, hence exhibiting a subtle global twist in the gauge structure. This seemingly ad hoc group turns out to be isomorphic to the subgroup
of SU(5) (see Baez-Huerta 09, p. 33-36). The latter happens to be a simple Lie group, thus exhibiting the exact standard model Lie group as being “simply” a “(2+3)-breaking” of a simple Lie group.
Moreover, the gauge group-representation $V_{SM}$ that captures one generation of fundamental particles of the standard model of particle physics, which looks fairly ad hoc as a representation of $G_{SM}$ (e.g. Baez-Huerta 09, table 1), but as a representation of $SU(5)$ it is simply
(see Baez-Huerta 09, p. 36-41).
This leads to the $SU(5)$-GUT due to Georgi-Glashow 74
There is a further inclusion $SU(5) \hookrightarrow$ Spin(10) into the spin group in 10 (Euclidean) dimensions (still a simple Lie group), and one generation of fundamental particles regarded as an $SU(5)$-representation $\Lambda \mathbb{C}^5$ as above extends to a spin representation (see Baez-Huerta 09, theorem 2). This has the aesthetically pleasing effect that under this identification the 1-generation rep $V_{SM}$ is now identified as
namely as the direct sum of the two (complex) irreducible representations of Spin(10), together being the Dirac representation of Spin(10).
Again, this means that under the embedding of the gauge group $G_{SM}$ all the way into the simple Lie group Spin(10), its ingredients become simpler, not just in a naive sense, but in the technical mathematical sense of simple algebraic objects.
Discussion of SO(10) (i.e. Spin(10)) GUT-models with realistic phenomenology is in BLM 09 Malinský 09, Lavoura-Wolfenstein 10 Altarelli-Meloni 13 Dueck-Rodejohann 13 Ohlsson-Pernow 19 CPS 19.
slide grabbed from Malinský 09
Discussion of leptoquarks in $SO(10)$-models possibly explaining the flavour anomalies: AMM 19
Models with Spin(11) (“SO(11)”) GUT group.
Specifically with gauge-Higgs unification in a Randall-Sundrum model-like 6d spacetime: Hosotani-Yamatsu 15, Furui-Hosotani-Yamatsu 16, Hosotani 17, Hosotani-Yamatsu 17
See the references below.
Models with Spin(12) (“SO(12)”) GUT group.
Specifically with gauge-Higgs unification in a Randall-Sundrum model-like 6d spacetime: Nomura-Sato 08, Nomura 09, Chiang-Nomura-Sato 11)
See the references below.
Models with Spin(16) (“SO(16)”) GUT group.
Wilczek-Zee 82, Senjanovic-Wilczek-Zee 84, Martínez-Melfo-Nesti-Senjanovic 11
See also di Lucio 11, p. 44 and see the references below.
Predicts fourth generation of fermions…
The most studied choices of GUT-groups $G$ are SU(5), Spin(10) (in the physics literature often referred to as SO(10)) and E6 (review includes Witten 86, sections 1 and 2).
It so happens that, mathematically, the sequence SU(5), Spin(10), E6 naturally continues (each step by consecutively adding a node to the Dynkin diagrams) with the exceptional Lie groups E7, E8 that naturally appear in heterotic string phenomenology (exposition is in Witten 02a) and conjecturally further via the U-duality Kac-Moody groups E9, E10, E11 that are being argued to underly M-theory. In the context of F-theory model building, also properties of the observes Yukawa couplings may point to exceptional GUT groups (Zoccarato 14, slide 11, Vafa 15, slide 11).
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Many GUT models imply that the proton – which in the standard model of particle physics is a stable bound state (of quarks) – is in fact unstable, albeit with an extremely long mean liftetime, and hence may decay (e.g. KM 14). Experimental searches for such proton decay (see there for more) put strong bounds on this effect and hence heavily constrain or rule out many GUT models.
But in recent years it is claimed that there are in fact realistic $SU(5)$ GUT models that do not imply any proton decay, quite generically so for MSSM-models (Mütter-Ratz-Vaudrvange 16), but also for non-supersymmetric models ( Fornal-Grinstein 17, Fornal-Grinstein 18, in particular in gauge-Higgs grand unification such as Spin(11)- (“SO(11)”-) and Spin(12)- (“SO(12)”-) models: (Hosotani-Yamatsu 15, Furui-Hosotani-Yamatsu 16, Sec. 2.6 Hosotani 17, Section 6).
The high energy scale required by a seesaw mechanism to produce the experimentally observer neutrino masses happens to be about the conventional GUT scale, for review see for instance (Mohapatra 06).
I also noted at the same time that interactions between a pair of lepton doublets and a pair of scalar doublets can generate a neutrino mass, which is suppressed only by a factor $M^{-1}$, and that therefore with a reasonable estimate of $M$ could produce observable neutrino oscillations. The subsequent confirmation of neutrino oscillations lends support to the view of the Standard Model as an effective field theory, with M somewhere in the neighborhood of $10^{16} GeV$. (Weinberg 09, p. 15)
Detailed matching of parameters of non-supersymmetric $Spin(10)$-GUT to neutrino masses is discussed in Ohlsson-Pernow 19
Generically, GUT-theories predict the existence of leptoquarks (Murayama-Yanagida 92), possibly related to the apparently observed
flavour anomalies (BDFKFS 18, AMM 19, Heek-Teresi 18, Heek-Teresi 19)
anomalies in anomalous magnetic moment of muon and electron
Discussion of string phenomenology of intersecting D-brane models KK-compactified with non-geometric fibers such that the would-be string sigma-models with these target spaces are in fact Gepner models (in the sense of Spectral Standard Model and String Compactifications) is in (Dijkstra-Huiszoon-Schellekens 04a, Dijkstra-Huiszoon-Schellekens 04b):
A plot of standard model-like coupling constants in a computer scan of Gepner model-KK-compactification of intersecting D-brane models according to Dijkstra-Huiszoon-Schellekens 04b.
The blue dot indicates the couplings in $SU(5)$-GUT theory. The faint lines are NOT drawn by hand, but reflect increased density of Gepner models as seen by the computer scan.
Original articles include
Jogesh Pati, Abdus Salam, Lepton number as the fourth “color”, Phys. Rev. D 10, 275 – Published 1 July 1974 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.10.275)
Howard Georgi, Sheldon Glashow, Unity of All Elementary-Particle Forces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 438, 1974 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.32.438)
See also
Wikipedia, Pati-Salam model
Wikipedia, Grand unification energy
Discussion with an eye towards supergravity unification:
Murray Gell-Mann, introductory talk at Shelter Island II, 1983 (pdf)
in: Shelter Island II: Proceedings of the 1983 Shelter Island Conference on Quantum Field Theory and the Fundamental Problems of Physics. MIT Press. pp. 301–343. ISBN 0-262-10031-2.
Murray Gell-Mann, Pierre Ramond, Richard Slansky, Complex Spinors and Unified Theories, Supergravity, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen and D.Z. Freedman, eds, North Holland Publishing Co, 1979, (reprinted as arXiv:1306.4669)
A basic textbook account is in
and a detailed one is in
See also
Survey of arguments for the hypothesis of grand unification includes
Michael Peskin, Beyond the Standard Model (arXiv:hep-ph/9705479)
Jogesh Pati, Discovery of Proton Decay: A Must for Theory, a Challenge for Experiment (arXiv:hep-ph/0005095)
Edward Witten, Quest For Unification, Heinrich Hertz lecture at SUSY 2002 at DESY, Hamburg (arXiv:hep-ph/0207124)
Introduction to GUTs aimed more at mathematicians include
Edward Witten, section 1 and 2 of Physics and geometry, Proceedings of the international congress of mathematicians, 1986 (pdf)
John Baez, John Huerta, The Algebra of Grand Unified Theories, Bull.Am.Math.Soc.47:483-552,2010 (arXiv:0904.1556)
Discussion of experimental bounds on proton decay in GUTs includes
Claim that proton decay may be entirely avoided:
Andreas Mütter, Michael Ratz, Patrick K.S. Vaudrevange, Grand Unification without Proton Decay (arXiv:1606.02303)
(claims that many string theory and supergravity models have this property)
Bartosz Fornal, Benjamin Grinstein, $SU(5)$ Unification without Proton Decay, Physics Review Letters (arXiv:1706.08535)
Bartosz Fornal, Benjamin Grinstein, Grand Unified Theory with a Stable Proton, Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 33 (2018) 1844013 (arXiv:1808.00953)
Claim that threshold corrections can considerably alter (decrease) proton decay rate predictions in non-supersymmetric GUTs:
Discussion of phenomenologically viable GUT-models (compatible with experiment and the standard model of particle physics):
Discussion for Spin(10) GUT group (“SO(10)”):
review:
for non-superymmetric models:
L. Lavoura and Lincoln Wolfenstein, Resuscitation of minimal $SO(10)$ grand unification, Phys. Rev. D 48, 264 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.48.264)
Guido Altarelli, Davide Meloni, A non Supersymmetric SO(10) Grand Unified Model for All the Physics below $M_{GUT}$ (arXiv:1305.1001)
Alexander Dueck, Werner Rodejohann, Fits to $SO(10)$ Grand Unified Models (arXiv:1306.4468)
Chee Sheng Fong, Davide Meloni, Aurora Meroni, Enrico Nardi, Leptogenesis in $SO(10)$ (arXiv:1412.4776)
(in view of leptogenesis)
Tommy Ohlsson, Marcus Pernow, Fits to Non-Supersymmetric SO(10) Models with Type I and II Seesaw Mechanisms Using Renormalization Group Evolution (arXiv:1903.08241)
Mainak Chakraborty, M.K. Parida, Biswonath Sahoo, Triplet Leptogenesis, Type-II Seesaw Dominance, Intrinsic Dark Matter, Vacuum Stability and Proton Decay in Minimal SO(10) Breakings (arXiv:1906.05601)
Results indicating non-SUSY $SO(10)$ as self sufficient theory for neutrino masses, baryon asymmetry, dark matter, vacuum stability of SM scalar potential, origin of three gauge forces, and observed proton stability.
Nobuchika Okada, Digesh Raut, Qaisar Shafi, Inflation, Proton Decay, and Higgs-Portal Dark Matter in $SO(10) \times U(1)_\pri$ (arXiv:1906.06869)
for supersymmetric models:
Archana Anandakrishnan, B. Charles Bryant, Stuart Raby, LHC Phenomenology of $SO(10)$ Models with Yukawa Unification II (arXiv:1404.5628)
Ila Garg, New minimal supersymmetric $SO(10)$ GUT phenomenology and its cosmological implications (arXiv:1506.05204)
Discussion for Spin(11) GUT group (“SO(11)”):
Yutaka Hosotani, Naoki Yamatsu, Gauge–Higgs grand unification, Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Volume 2015, Issue 11, November 2015 (doi:10.1093/ptep/ptv153, doi:10.1093/ptep/ptw116)
Atsushi Furui, Yutaka Hosotani, Naoki Yamatsu, Toward Realistic Gauge-Higgs Grand Unification, Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Volume 2016, Issue 9, September 2016, 093B01 (arXiv:1606.07222)
Yutaka Hosotani, Gauge-Higgs EW and Grand Unification, International Journal of Modern Physics AVol. 31, No. 20n21, 1630031 (2016) (arXiv:1606.08108)
Yutaka Hosotani, New dimensions from gauge-Higgs unification (arXiv:1702.08161)
Yutaka Hosotani, Naoki Yamatsu, Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Mass Spectra in Six-Dimensional Gauge-Higgs Grand Unification (arXiv:1710.04811)
Discussion for Spin(12) GUT group (“SO(12)”):
S. Rajpoot and P. Sithikong, Implications of the $SO(12)$ gauge symmetry for grand unification, Phys. Rev. D 23, 1649 (1981) (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.23.1649)
Takaaki Nomura, Joe Sato, Standard(-like) Model from an $SO(12)$ Grand Unified Theory in six-dimensions with $S^2$ extra-space, Nucl.Phys.B811:109-122, 2009 (arXiv:0810.0898)
Takaaki Nomura, Physics beyond the standard model with $S^2$ extra-space, 2009 (pdf, pdf)
Cheng-Wei Chiang, Takaaki Nomura, Joe Sato, Gauge-Higgs unification models in six dimensions with $S^2/\mathbb{Z}_2$ extra space and GUT gauge symmetry (arXiv:1109.5835)
Discussion for Spin(16) and Spin(18)? GUT group (“SO(16)” and “SO(18)?”):
Frank Wilczek, Anthony Zee, Families from spinors, Phys. Rev. D 25, 553 (1982) (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.25.55310.1103/PhysRevD.25.553)
Goran Senjanović, Frank Wilczek, Anthony Zee, Reflections on mirror fermions, Physics Letters B Volume 141, Issues 5–6, 5 July 1984, Pages 389-394 Physics Letters B (doi:10.1016/0370-2693(84)90269-7)
Homero Martínez, Alejandra Melfo, Fabrizio Nesti, Goran Senjanović, Three Extra Mirror or Sequential Families: a Case for Heavy Higgs and Inert Doublet, Phys. Rev. Lett.106:191802, 2011 (arXiv:1101.3796)
Michael McGuigan, Dark Horse, Dark Matter: Revisiting the $SO(16) \times SO(16)'$ Nonsupersymmetric Model in the LHC and Dark Energy Era (arXiv:1907.01944)
Introductory overview to GUTs in string theory is in
Amplifcation that $SO(32)$-GUT (as in heterotic string theory and type I string theory) is viable via special subgroup-breaking:
Computer scan of Gepner model-compactifications in relation to GUT-models is in
T.P.T. Dijkstra, L. R. Huiszoon, Bert Schellekens, Chiral Supersymmetric Standard Model Spectra from Orientifolds of Gepner Models, Phys.Lett. B609 (2005) 408-417 (arXiv:hep-th/0403196)
T.P.T. Dijkstra, L. R. Huiszoon, Bert Schellekens, Supersymmetric Standard Model Spectra from RCFT orientifolds, Nucl.Phys.B710:3-57,2005 (arXiv:hep-th/0411129)
Realization of GUTs in the context of M-theory on G2-manifolds and possible resolution of the doublet-triplet splitting problem is discussed in
Edward Witten, Deconstruction, $G_2$ Holonomy, and Doublet-Triplet Splitting, (arXiv:hep-ph/0201018)
Bobby Acharya, Krzysztof Bozek, Miguel Crispim Romao, Stephen F. King, Chakrit Pongkitivanichkul, $SO(10)$ Grand Unification in M theory on a $G_2$ manifold (arXiv:1502.01727)
Discussion of GUTs in F-theory includes
Chris Beasley, Jonathan Heckman, Cumrun Vafa, GUTs and Exceptional Branes in F-theory - I (arxiv:0802.3391), II: Experimental Predictions (arxiv:0806.0102)
Chris Beasley, Jonathan Heckman, Cumrun Vafa, GUTs and Exceptional Branes in F-theory - I, JHEP 0901:058,2009 (arXiv:0802.3391)
Gianluca Zoccarato, Yukawa couplings at the point of $E_8$ in F-theory, 2014 (pdf/zoccarato.pdf))
Cumrun Vafa, Reflections on F-theory, 2015 (pdf)
Discussion of GUTs within Connes-Lott models:
Ali Chamseddine, Alain Connes, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Quanta of Geometry: Noncommutative Aspects, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 (2015) 9, 091302 (arXiv:1409.2471)
Ali Chamseddine, Alain Connes, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Geometry and the Quantum: Basics, JHEP 12 (2014) 098 (arXiv:1411.0977)
Alain Connes, section 4 of Geometry and the Quantum, in Foundations of Mathematics and Physics One Century After Hilbert, Springer 2018. 159-196 (arXiv:1703.02470, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-64813-2)
Topological defects can play considerable role to constrain the non-SUSY and SUSY GUTs:
Relation to Z'-bosons:
Relation to leptoquarks and flavour anomalies:
H. Murayama, T. Yanagida, A viable $SU(5)$ GUT with light leptoquark bosons, Mod.Phys.Lett. A7 (1992) 147-152 (arXiv:315898, doi:10.1142/S0217732392000070)
Damir Bečirević, Ilja Doršner, Svjetlana Fajfer, Nejc Košnik, Darius A. Faroughy, Olcyr Sumensari, Scalar leptoquarks from GUT to accommodate the $B$-physics anomalies, Phys. Rev. D 98, 055003 (2018) (arXiv:1806.05689)
Ufuk Aydemir, Tanumoy Mandal, Subhadip Mitra, A single TeV-scale scalar leptoquark in SO(10) grand unification and B-decay anomalies (arXiv:1902.08108)
Julian Heeck, Daniele Teresi, Pati-Salam explanations of the B-meson anomalies, JHEP 12 (2018) 103 (arXiv:1808.07492)
Julian Heeck, Daniele Teresi, Pati-Salam and lepton universality in B decays (arXiv:1905.05211)
Michal Malinský, Lepton non-universality in $B$-decays in the minimal leptoquark gauge model (arXiv:1906.09174)
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