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Questions tagged [fine-tuning]

"Fine-tuning" is a situation in which the fundamental parameters in a theory must be "fine-tuned", i.e. precisely chosen, in order for a theory's predictions to agree with experimental data.

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$\theta$ angle QCD technically natural

Why exactly does the observed smallness of the $\theta$-angle in QCD constitute a fine-tuning problem? I thought that the content of 't Hooft's technical naturalness was exactly that a parameter is ...
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Hierarchy problems: calculating the mass of the Higgs vs. other SM particles

While reading up on hierarchy problems in particle physics (wikipedia), I stumbled onto the statement that in the Standard Model, there is no hierarchy problem (or at least it cannot be formulated) ...
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What really enforces technical naturalness of electron mass?

Technical or 't Hooft naturalness A parameter $\theta$ in the Lagrangian of a field theory is said to be natural, if in the limit of vanishing $\theta$, the theory has some enhanced symmetry. If this ...
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Why is the up quark is lighter than the down quark, while top is heavier than bottom?

Up, charm and top seem to be similar in terms of electric charge (+2/3e) while down, strange and bottom have also same charge (-1/3e). In the second and third family, positively charged quark has ...
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Fine Tuning of the Universe

I'm an A level student looking into the fine tuning of various constants. Physicists explain the extensive effects that would happen if these constants were to be changed/different and hence, how this ...
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The Implication of the Gravitational Constant in the Planck Mass [duplicate]

Why is it considered acceptable to derive an expression for the Planck mass [mP] using the gravitational constant G simply because the resulting units are of 'mass' when it is far from clear what the ...
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Is naturalness meaningful for non-fundamental theories?

Naturalness has been a guiding philosophy for particle physics for a long time, but a few years ago I heard a talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed where he pointed out that it seems to have failed us as it ...
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What happens to the massive gauge bosons in a simple Little Higgs model?

I'm trying to understand a simple Little Higgs (toy) model where the Higgs doublet is made of pseudo Nambu-Goldstone Bosons generated by breaking the symmetry from $SU(3)_L\times U(1)_Y$ to $SU(2)_L\...
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Bound on large extra dimensions using gravitational waves

Are there proposed observations using gravitational waves which put a bound on the size of large extra dimensions (say in the context of ADD model)? The claim in the ADD paper is that you cannot ...
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Estimate of neutrino masses from the values of $\Delta m_{21}^2$ and $\Delta m_{13}^2$ only!

The blog here says that The measured mass differences between the eigenstates are $\Delta m_{21}^2=7.5\times 10^{-5} {\rm eV}^2$ and $\Delta m_{13}^2=2.5\times 10^{-3} {\rm eV}^2$, suggesting that ...
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Hierarchy problem and loop quantum gravity

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchy_problem#Finite_Groups. Hierarchy problem can be theoretically solved using symmetry of certain bosonic string theory on the Leech lattice (though ...
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Why naturalness is an issue in particle physics? It is not in fluid dynamics

I have often heard that naturalness is a strong argument in favor of Supersymmetry. They say that there must be energy scales not too far away the EW-energy so that the quantum corrections of the ...
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Why universe is so perfectly made for us? [duplicate]

I am very eager to learn that, "Why universe is so perfectly made for us?" Or our universe is just stable by chance?
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Why is technical naturalness enough?

There are two notions of "naturalness" used in particle physics today. Dirac naturalness: all dimensionless parameters $g$ in a theory should be order $1$. Technical naturalness: an observed coupling ...
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Are trans-Planckian field values a problem for the relaxion?

The relaxion is a new model-building gadget that solves the hierarchy problem by allowing the Higgs mass term to dynamically relax to zero. To describe it as simply as possible, leaving a lot out: we ...
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What motivates clockwork theory?

Clockwork is a new model-building gadget that produces very small couplings starting from a theory with no small numbers at all, in an attempt to solve the hierarchy problem. To describe it as ...
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Is the universe really “fine-tuned for life”?

I understand what is meant when we say the universe is "fine tuned", but I've seen it claimed it's is fine tuned "for life". Is it? When I look at known or even speculated life in our universe, I see ...
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Why does standard model lose predictivity if it has unstable vacuum?

In String Theory In A Nutshell by Elias Kiritsis, Standard Model is unstable as we increase the energy (hierarchy problem of mass scales) and the theory loses predictivity as one starts moving far ...
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How fine-tuned is the expansion rate and the density of the universe?

I read somewhere that If the expansion rate of the universe were larger or the density of the universe were less , no galaxies would form. If the expansion rate of the universe were smaller or the ...
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The theoretical calculation underlying the cosmological constant problem

The electroweak vacuum energy density is $10^{120}$ times larger than the currently observed value of the dark energy. I have two questions in regard to this statement. $\bullet$ Firstly, what are ...
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Would the existence of leptoquarks solve the hierarchy problem of the Higgs-boson?

Would the existence of leptoquarks solve the hierarchy problem of the Higgs-boson ? According to wikipedia these are assumed to be bosons which could contribute to the cancellation of the vacuum ...
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In BSM model building, what counts as fine tuned?

The Standard Model contains an extreme fine-tuning: the Higgs mass is very small compared to what it would naturally be, by a factor of around $10^{15}$. Lots of theories extending the Standard Model ...
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Is Flatness Problem still a problem since the observable universe is flat but the whole universe can be curved on much larger scale?

When we say the universe is flat, we mean just the observable universe. So that doesn’t mean the shape of the whole universe is also flat (ie. it can be curved on much larger scale) Is Flatness ...
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What deficiencies of the Standard Model does supersymmetry address?

I have been reading up on supersymmetry and how it was developed to fill the supposed gaps presented left by the Standard Model of Particle Physics. What is one main example of this gap?
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A super-positioned boson-fermion particle

Is it possible to extend the standard model with super positioned particles: bosons+fermions at the same time. Instead of 2 dual particles as SUSY suggests, a particle collapses to its supercharge ...
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Does string theory give any values for the predicted “leakage” of gravity into extra spatial dimensions?

Sorry if this is a duplicate. I have read that string theory has a good explanation for the "hierarchy" problem of the force strength disparity between the fundamental forces because as gravity ...
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Understanding the fine-tuning problem related to baryon asymmetry as an initial condition

The reason for not assuming the Baryon asymmetry of the universe as an initial condition is often attributed to the following fine-tuning problem: If the baryon asymmetry had been an initial condition,...
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Naturalness in Physics and fundamental constants

From the "flatness problem" in Cosmology to the "strong CP problem" and "hierarchy problem" in the Model standard, a lot of problems in physics deal with Naturalness: a certain parameter in our theory ...
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How does the naturalness problem of the Higgs mass changes depending on the cut off scale of the Standard Model (SM)?

In this year's paper (check introduction) James D. Wells brings Susskind's 1979 argument that the SM is valid to a very high energy scale, say the Planck scale, $\Lambda \approx M_{Pl} \approx 10^{18} ...
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Why is imposing a symmetry on a theory considered more “natural” than fine-tuning its couplings?

Theories whose behavior would qualitatively change if their couplings were not fine-tuned to particular values are often dismissed as "unnatural" (in high-energy physics) or "unrealistic" (in ...
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Bare Cosmological Constant and Fine-Tuning Problem

Whenever anyone talks about the cosmological constant, they usually cite the difference of $\approx 120$ orders of magnitude between the observed and calculated values for the vacuum energy ($\rho_\...
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Examples of other hierarchy problems

The commonly quoted version of the hierarchy problem (at least, the one that I have heard), is concerned with the surprisingly low mass of the Higgs. We would expect the Higgs mass squared to have ...
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Before Dark Energy was discovered

I'm really confused on this topic. Pardon my French if my questions seem really stupid. Before Dark Energy was discovered in 1998 did scientists know that the cosmological constant calculated, I ...
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Why does the flatness problem (of the universe) present a fine tuning problem?

The Friedmann equation can be written $$|\Omega-1|=\frac{|k|}{a^2H^2}$$ In a period where the universe is decelerated $a^2H^2$ becomes bigger as we extrapolate into the past. We know $|\Omega-1|$ ...
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Does the Peccei-Quinn (PQ) mechanism require fine-tuning?

The strong CP problem: the QCD theta parameter can not be arbitrarily small due to 't Hooft's doctrine of naturalness (a parameter can be arbitrarily small only when putting it to zero provides an ...
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Precision of the Gravitational Constant [closed]

I went to a theological talk where the speaker, while answering a question on intelligent design, claimed that, if $G$ was different by one part in $10^{120}$,then the universe would either collapse ...
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Hierarchy problem and quadratic corrections in the Standard Model

In this paper, the third paragraph of the “Introduction” says that the Standard Model by itself is a natural theory. As I understand, they say there is no quadratic divergence in the Standard Model ...
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Supersymmetry as a solution of hierarchy problem

Hierarchy problem is the statement of why the weak force is much stronger than gravity. In terms of coupling constant, weak force (Fermi coupling) is much larger than gravity (Newton's constant). I ...
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Why do we need any model beyond SM to fine-tune the Higgs mass?

ATLAS and CMS combined their results recently and it shows that higgs mass is ~125 GeV. Theoretical physicists try to figure out the "low mass" of the Higgs which causes hierarchy problem at high ...
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Doubts in understanding the role if quantum corrections in the Hierarchy Problem

Trying to understand the Hierarchy problem many questions come to my mind that I am unable to answer due probably to my poor understanding of renormalization. The basic set up of the hierarchy ...
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If neutron would be lighter by 1 MeV, how stability of Hydrogen could be changed?

In current Universe proton is stable and the following reaction does not go $ p + e \rightarrow n + \overline{\nu_e}$ Currently proton is lighter than neutron by 1.293 MeV. If neutron would be ...
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$d=2$ pole argument of quadratic divergences in Peskin & Schroeder's book

Q1: My question is, in the context of dimensional regularisation(DREG, in dimension $d$), why do they mention the absence of $d=2$ pole in the gauge theory cases[1], whereas the $d=2$ pole is not ...
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Why is the relative weakness of gravity a problem?

In my physics classes, I remember it being repeated a few times that gravity is a much weaker force than the other three fundamental forces, and being told this is an open problem in physics. However, ...
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Leonard Susskind said that the small value of the cosmological constant could mean that the universe is much bigger than we thought. Why?

He said that near the beginning of this Youtube video that it could mean that the universe is much bigger than he had thought that it was, and that the cosmological constant wasn't even a constant. I ...
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How “unnatural” is the universe? [closed]

Looking to read up on the impact the discovery of Higgs boson has on the String Theory I came upon these two paragraphs in an article about the Higgs boson Nobel Prize: One possibility has been ...
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Finite corrections to the Higgs mass in SUSY

I am worried here about specific supersymmetric scenarios in which an energy scale above the TeV is introduces. An example would be the Seesaw extension of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. ...
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Smolin on Cosmological selection and neutron stars

Regarding the cosmological selection hypothesis and testable predictions, Lee Smolin asserted the following: "Smolin: I did make two predictions which were eminently checkable by astrophysical ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Renormalization and the Hierarchy Problem

The hierarchy problem is roughly: A scalar particle such as the Higgs receives quadratically divergent corrections, that have to cancel out delicately with the bare mass to give the observed Higgs ...
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Can dimensional regularization solve the fine-tuning problem?

I have recently read that the dimensional regularization scheme is "special" because power law divergences are absent. It was argued that power law divergences were unphysical and that there was no ...