A Grand Unified Theory is a model in particle physics in which at ultra-high energy, the 3 gauge interactions of the Standard Model (electromagnetic, weak, and strong) merge into a single one, characterized by one larger encompassing gauge symmetry and one unified coupling constant. After SSBreaking,...

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Supersymmetry and grand unification

I came across this diagram in my introductory particle physics class. Given the fact that SUSY can make the plot look suspiciously nice, what can we do with it? Also, electromagnetism has been ...
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status of +4/3 scalar as explanation of $t\bar t$ asymmetry

One of the early proposals for the Tevatron asymmetry on $t \bar t$ was a "fundamental diquark" with a charge (and hypercharge) +4/3, either in a triplet or a sextet colour. I am interested on the ...
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(Why) Can we simply assume a given alignment of VEVs?

In GUT theories, one often assumes that Higgs fields take VEVs in given representations, of a given magnitude at a given scale. While I am well aware that this is one of the weak spots in such ...
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Is the conjectured noncommutative heavy scalar “brother” of the already detected Higgs boson is a pseudo scalar?

This is a technical (may be trivial?) question about this sigma scalar field advertised by Chamseddine and Connes to improve the electroweak vacuum stability involved by the weak mass of the already ...
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What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories?

What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories? Any references to books or papers that give categorical descriptions of any of the common grand unified theories would be ...
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How well theoretically motivated is $R$-parity?

I understand that $R$-parity is empirically necessary in order to avoid proton decay, but theoretically I'm worried that it amounts to a tune or "hack" that spoils the naturalness argument for ...
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Trinification lepton Yukawa interactions

We have a trinification model of $SU(3)_c\otimes SU(3)_L\otimes SU(3)_R$, where the first is the usual colour group, the second a left $SU(3)$ and the third a right $SU(3)$. As usual, leptons and ...
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What sorts of problems does asymptotically safe gravity face as a potential quantum gravity solution?

I've recently read an article by Ethan Siegel over at Forbes (he also blogs at Starts with a Bang) on asymptotically safe gravity as a possible alternative to string theory. I read the author's blog ...
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Why does Higgs obtain certain values in SU(5) symmetry breaking?

In the SU(5) GUT model the symmetry is broken by a Higgs field with the element diag(2,2,2,-3,-3) taking a non-zero value. To break it down to SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) But why exactly this element of all the ...
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Invariant linearly independent scalar potential construction for product groups

Lets say one has a gauge group for example SU(n) or SO(n) and has a scalar field which belongs to a certain representation (m-ranked tensor). If one wants to write down the invariant potential for the ...
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Which representation do we start with in Grand Unified Theories?

The conventional approach in GUTs is to put all left-chiral fields $F_L$ of the standard model into one representation of the GUT group. For example, the 16 rep for $SO(10)$ GUT: $$ 16_L \rightarrow ...
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Why do the gauge bosons fix the couplings of the SM?

In chapter Chapter 16: Grand Unified Theories in the very first paragraph, the author states Note the SM gauge interactions of quarks and leptons are completely fixed by their gauge charges. ...
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Electroweak instanton calculations

Consider an electroweak instanton in a model beyond the Standard Model with explicit baryon plus lepton number ($B+L$) violation. This instanton decays into nine quarks $q$ and three leptons $l$, ...
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What is the value of coupling constant at electroweak unification?

The value of running coupling constant is (1/24) at grand unification energy,where strong, weak & electromagnetic forces are unified and in a graph between running coupling constants vs energy-...
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What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings?

What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings? I know that condensed matter systems can be constructed to be described by any ...
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Are there any good books about Grand Unified Theories?

I'm starting to get a little desperate, because I can't find any introductory treatments of Grand Unified Theories (GUT). So far the only books I found are Mohapatra Unification and Supersymmetry ...
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Uses of the accidental isomorphism $SO(5)\sim Sp(2)$?

Some of the accidental isomorphisms of low dimensional Lie algebras have very important applications in physics. The theory of angular momentum makes use of the fact that $SO(3)\sim SU(2)$. ...