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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, force carriers differentiate themselves and are driven by the RG to their values and numbers in the lab. Use for gauge GUT and gravity unification.

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Magnetic Monopoles and the Inflationary Epoch

What leads to magnetic monopoles existing before the Inflationary Epoch and becoming infinitely diluted during inflation (if indeed that is the explanation to their absence), but the electric ...
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What is string theory? Why was a new theory required when modern Physics was only one step away from establishing a G.U.T.? [closed]

What is string theory ? (correct me if i am wrong) Why a new underlying theory was required when modern Physics was only one step away from establishing a G.U.T. (unification attempt for four ...
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Why don't $\rm SO(10)/Spin(10)$ or larger GUTs permit electron-pair decay?

$\rm Spin(10)$ unifies all left-handed fermions and anti-fermions, and all right-handed fermions and anti-fermions. And its Pati-Salam subgroup unifies quarks with leptons (SU(4)) and complements SU(...
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$ (5^* \times 5^*)_{asym}={10}$ in A. Zee's book p.409 versus PDG Sec.114

What is the mathematical or physical way to understand why the 4th and 5th components in the Georgi Galshow SU(5) model has the SU(2) doublet $(1,2,-1/2)$: $$ \begin{pmatrix} \nu\\e \end{pmatrix} $$ ...
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Georgi statements about the symmetry breaking of $\rm SO(10)$

Here is a paragraph with some statements about the Gauge Symmetry Breaking from Georgi's book Lie Algebras in Particle Physics 2nd ed -- From Isospin to Unified Theories (Georgi, 1999) p.285. Georgi ...
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$\rm SO(10)$ grand unified model restores the parity symmetry lost in $\rm SU(5)$ model

It is said in Lie Algebras in Particle Physics 2ed - From Isospin to Unified Theories (Georgi, 1999) p.285, Georgi said that $\rm SO(10)$ grand unified model restores the parity symmetry that was ...
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Parity $P$ symmetry restored by 1 in the $1 \oplus \bar{5} \oplus 10$?

In Lie Algebras in Particle Physics 2ed - From Isospin to Unified Theories (Georgi, 1999) p.283 Georgi wrote: When we include the $1$ in the $\rm SU(5)$ Unified Theory model, we get the 16 $$ 1 \...
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How to give left-handed neutrinos alone Majorana mass?

On Wikipedia, it says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi–Glashow_model#Breaking_SU(5): Fermions transforming as a 1 under SU(5) are now thought to be necessary because of the evidence for neutrino ...
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Light composite fermion as a bound state formed by $SU(4)$ gauge force attractions

In this paper https://inspirehep.net/literature/152400, in eq.(3.4), it claims that the MAC (most attractive channel) in $SU(4)$ gauge theory will attract fermions in $[1]_4$ and fermions in $[3]_4$ ...
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Quark mass vs Lepton mass $m_d/m_e$

In Zee QFT in a nutshell book p.418, Zee said about Quark mass vs Lepton mass $m_d/m_e$ : He first mentioned $m_d/m_e=1$ for unification scale. Then he mentioned $m_d/m_e\sim 3 $ in eq.15. Are ...
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Electroweak Unification and Electroweak scale

We said that the EM and weak interactions are unified as Electroweak Unification. However, for usual Grand Unification, it requires that the gauge group G is simple Lie group -- which means the G has ...
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Monopole problem: 't Hooft–Polyakov, Big Bang theory versus Cosmic inflation

I am not sure the validity of this claim from Wikipedia on 't Hooft–Polyakov_monopole The "monopole problem" refers to the cosmological implications of grand unification theories (GUT). ...
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$SU(5)$ model and flipped $SU(5)$ model

It seems that both $SU(5)$ model and flipped $SU(5)$ model are legal grand unified theories (GUT) for the standard model gauge group. In Wikipedia, it says that: The flipped $SU(5)$ model has a gauge ...
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${\rm SU}(5)$ doublet-triplet splitting problem and disagreement with phenomenology

The statement from Wikipedia about ${\rm SU}(5)$ Georgi–Glashow seems very puzzling to me. Here are the text from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi–Glashow_model#Decomposition: It is the Higgs ...
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Lectures by Susskind versus Zee on the ${\rm SU}(5)$ grand unified theory notations

I was comparing two lectures about ${\rm SU}(5)$ grand unified theory. a lecture of Susskind He showed how to write $$ (5 \times 5)_{asym}=\bar{10} $$ as a lecture of Zee showed how to write $$ (\...
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Unification of Forces

I was reading that unification of Forces is the most important task in the entirety of Physics. My question is why do the forces have to Unified. Why can't they be different forces what makes us think ...
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Are X and Y boson gauge mediator of X and Y gauge symmetry? With zero X and Y charge?

Recall that the electron carries U(1) gauge charge -1. the U(1) is gauged and mediated by the U(1) gauge boson which is the photon with zero U(1) gauge charge, thus $0$. Now let us take this ...
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Bern-Carrasco-Johansson (BCJ) Double Copy and Color-Kinematic duality

According to the wikipedia page on Strong Gravity, the theory is considered "non-mainstream", but from what I can gather there have been some very interesting progress and results since it ...
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How to prove $Q_u = -2Q_d$ from $SU(5)$?

I'm a beginner, and I'm trying to figure out how to prove that charge of Up quark is equal to 2 times the charge of down quark from the 10 representation of $SU(5)$. Please help.
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Unification of forces in black hole singularity?

If at the center of a black hole a singularity or singularity-like state is reached, wouldn't you have the fundamental forces reaching unification energy? In which case, it would seem that a black ...
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$B$-$L$ global symmetry in the grand unification theories

What are the precise $B$-$L$ (baryon - lepton) global symmetry in the standard model? Is this a $U(1)$ global symmetry or a discrete finite group $\mathbb{Z}/N$ global symmetry for the following ...
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Can a GUT be spontaneously broken mutiple ways?

Say we have a GUT e.g. $SU(5)$, if the Higgs field breaks this it can break it down to $SU(3)\times SU(2)\times U(1)$ if the Higgs field acquires values proportional to the weak hypercharge. But can ...
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Is there a symmetry breaking model possible for mirror fermions in $E_8$?

I've often been struck by how nicely the Standard model seems to fit into (supersymmetric) $E_8$. Specifically if we write the root vectors of $E_8$ as $(R,G,B,W,H,F,S,T)$. With colour being the ...
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Are there fermionic bound states that are gauge neutral to all gauge forces?

Puzzle: In our standard model particle physics, are there fermionic bound states that are gauge neutral to all gauge forces? Here we concern strong SU(3) color, electromagnetic U(1) EM, hyper U(1), ...
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Why are magnetic monopoles hard to find (if exist)?

I understand the Yang-Mill perspective of $U(1)$-gauge theory. In that, you can easily write down the field of a Dirac magnetic monopole. What interests me is the fact that it's so hard to find (if ...
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$\Delta {b_{L}}$, $\Delta {b_{Y}}$ and $\Delta {b_{C}}$ and unification of couplings

In any standard book on QFT, I understand how to find out the beta function for Standard Model and for Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, but i could not understand how this beta function changes ...
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Why does inflationary expansion of the very early universe require time duration?

If the grand unified force symmetry breaking separation into the strong force and electroweak force leads to a change in scale of the metric that defines distance within space is the cause of the ...
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In which representation are monopoles of grand unifying theories classified?

In the context of grand unification theories A.Zee's book states that $SU(5)$ (or $SO(10)$ if $SU(5)$ is considered as outdated as GUT candidate) as GUT and as spontaneously broken non-abelian gauge ...
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Representation of the $\rm SU(5)$ model in GUT

In Srednicki's textbook Quantum Field Theory, section 97 discusses Grand Unification. On page 606, it states: In terms of $\rm SU(5)$, we have \begin{equation} 5 \otimes 5 = 15_{S} \oplus 10_{A} ...
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How the hierarchy of forces is explained by Supersymmetry?

The hierarchy problem is often stated in two ways: First, the divergent corrections to the Higgs bare mass, second, why is gravity so much weaker than the other three forces. The solution to the ...
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What processes conserve (and don't conserve) GUT $X$-charge?

I've been Wikipedia-ing the weak interaction and GUTs and I came across 2 seemingly conflicting pieces of information. In the page for Weak Hypercharge it says this: one of the interactions is with ...
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What is the way to work out the running of lepton masses?

If we assume the GUT unification energy is some value E, (say $10^{16}GeV$). Can we work out the running of the particle masses for example the electon, muon and tau at various energies? And will ...
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Interaction range of fundamental forces at a unification energies

At low energies, all fundamental forces have different coupling constants as well as an interaction ranges. As one know, at a some high energy (GUT energy $10^{14}$ GeV), all the coupling constants ...
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Mass splitting for leptons and down quarks in $SU(5)$ model?

In the minimal $SU(5)$ GUT model, the masses of the leptons and the corresponding down-type quarks must be equal. i.e. $m_e=m_d$, $m_\mu=m_s$, $m_\tau=m_b$. Whereas this is approximately correct for ...
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Hypercharge normalization for $SU(5)$ GUT

Reading about $SU(5)$ unification, texts says that they use the renormalization factor $\sqrt{3/5}$ for weak hypercharges in order to embed SM into a $SU(5)$ group. This implies a new $U(1)_Y$ ...
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Why does the conclusion that protons are monopoles has led us to believe that they specifically may have a half-life? [closed]

from Zeldovich, Ya. B.; Khlopov, M. Yu. (1978). "On the concentration of relic monopoles in the universe": "The majority of particles appearing in any quantum field theory are unstable, and they ...
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$SU(5)$ group theory: Contracting three adjoints to make a singlet

There's probably a trivial answer to my question, but I'm having trouble finding it. In an $SU(5)$ GUT, we have a gauge field, $A_{\mu} = A^{a}_{\mu}T^{a}$ which lives in the $24 (\text{Adjoint})$ ...
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Sun's energy and grand unification

According to Wikipedia, The approximate grand unification energy value is equal to $1×10^{25}$ eV or $10^{16}$ GeV This is equal to $1602176$ J. Now, The Earth receives 174 petawatts (PW) ...
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These terms are so foreign to me that they feel like unnecessary jargon; what do these terms mean, and are they relatively common?

No pun intended in the title. ;) I am having trouble understanding this sentence on Wikipedia's page for Unified Field Theory: Governed by a global event $\lambda$ under the universal topology, ...
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Decomposition of the complex conjugate of the fundamental representation of $SU(5)$ in $SU(3)\times SU(2)\times U(1)$

I know I can decompose the fundamental representation (denoted as $5$) of $SU(5)$ as: $$ (3,1)_{-2c/3} \oplus (1,2)_{c} $$ But how do I get the decomposition of the complex conjugate of this ...
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Runaway Monopole Catalyzed Baryon Decay

I am a layman in the subject, but I have recently learned that magnetic monopoles could be used to induce baryon decay (Callan-Rubakov mechanism), according to some GUTs. I have also learned that ...
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Can $E_8 \times E_8$ contain the standard model?

I know $E_8$ by itself can't be gauge group because it has no complex representation and so would not be chiral. But assuming the existence of mirror matter which also would have $E_8$ gauge group ...
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Why should proton decay into positron rather than antimuon?

Grand unification theories, such as $SU(5)$/$SO(10)$/SUSY variants, suggest proton decay. The lack of observational evidence for proton decay rules out simple GUTs. But wait a minute! The GUT's ...
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Running of gravitational constant versus. other coupling constants, GUT and TOE

Is there any theory that proves convincingly that the gravitational constant runs with energy AND it is like the other coupling constants and converge at a single point at a given energy? Or is that a ...
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Unification of the strong and electromagnetic interaction

Is it somehow possible to theoretically unify the electric charge in electromagnetic interaction with the colour charge in the strong interaction and how these charges give rise to the respective ...
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What is the status of SUSY GUTs in 2018?

Grand unification theories (GUTs) generically predict proton decay, and many of them have been under pressure for decades as experiments have failed to see it. I don't think there have been recent ...
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$SU(5)$ representation and higher anti-symmetric traces

In Zee QFT book v2 p.411 eq.16-17, he shows the SU(5) gauge theory anomaly cancellation by the following: The 1st line in fundamental of SU(5) $$ tr(T^3)=3(+2)^3+2(-3)^3=30, $$ is easy to follow, ...
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Symmetry breaking of $SO(10)$ or $Spin(10)$

The Spin(10) grand unification has a symmetry breaking of SO(10), or Spin(10). In Wikipedia, it says, "The symmetry breaking of SO(10) is usually done with a combination of (( a $45_H$ OR a $54_H$...
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Does the sedenion algebra offer a grand unification theory?

Stephane Bronoff in The Standard Model of Particle Physics from Sedenions claims that studying the left-multiplication map of unit doubly-pure sedenions solves several mysteries of the standard model. ...
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What dictates the Higgs potential of the Standard model?

As far as I know, there is no convincing answer for why does the Higgs potential has a 'Mexican hat' shape. Apart from Lorentz invariance and gauge invariance, the Higgs potential of the Standard ...