Questions tagged [grand-unification]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
31
votes
3answers
2k views

Why do we need complex representations in Grand Unified Theories?

EDIT4: I think I was now able to track down where this dogma originally came from. Howard Georgi wrote in TOWARDS A GRAND UNIFIED THEORY OF FLAVOR There is a deeper reason to require ...
23
votes
1answer
2k views

Are there massless bosons at scales above electroweak scale?

Spontaneous electroweak symmetry breaking (i.e. $SU(2)\times U(1)\to U(1)_{em}$ ) is at scale about 100 Gev. So, for Higgs mechanism, gauge bosons $Z$ & $W$ have masses about 100 GeV. But before ...
32
votes
1answer
2k views

What does it mean to say that “the fundamental forces of nature were unified”?

It is said that immediately after the Big Bang, the fundamental forces of nature were unified. It is also said that later they decoupled, becoming separate forces. Indeed, if we look at the list of ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer charge?

What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer electric charge, i.e. equal to an integer times the electron charge? Given that the quarks have the fractional electric charges they do, ...
5
votes
1answer
311 views

Where does in GUT symmetry breaking $U(1)$ come from?

In GUTs one starts with some larger group, like $SU(5)$, which is then broken into smaller groups, for example $$SU(5) ~\longrightarrow~ SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1)$$ This can be seen, for ...
3
votes
1answer
392 views

Why are both C and CP violation necessary for baryogenesis?

Sakharov condition states both C and CP violation is necessary for baryogenesis. Now consider, for example, a theory with B-number violating interaction and C-violation. Therefore, if $p\to e^+\gamma$ ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Introduction to Physical Content from Adjoint Representations

In particle Physics it's usual to write the physical content of a Theory in adjoint representations of the Gauge group. For example: $24\rightarrow (8,1)_0\oplus (1,3)_0\oplus (1,1)_0\oplus (3,2)_{-\...
5
votes
1answer
254 views

Is the Standard Model an invariant subgroup of $SU(5)$?

It is well known that the Standard Model (SM) gauge group is a subgroup of $SU(5)$: \begin{equation} SU(3) \times SU(2)\times U(1) ~\subset~SU(5) \end{equation} This can be easily checked using the ...
4
votes
0answers
105 views

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 ...
27
votes
1answer
957 views

How does the Super-Kamiokande experiment falsify SU(5)?

In his book "The Trouble With Physics", Lee Smolin writes that he is still stunned by the falsification of the $SU(5)$ Georgi-Glashow model by the null results of proton decay experiments. I should ...
8
votes
1answer
787 views

How to decompose the representation of $\rm SU(5)$?

This question comes from Srednicki's textbook "Quantum Field Theory". On pages 514-515, it states: Under the unbroken $\rm SU(3)\times SU(2) \times U(1)$ subgroup, the $5$ representation of $\rm ...
8
votes
4answers
657 views

Is the 125 GeV Higgs boson some kind of a “almost-commutative graviton” at the electroweak scale?

The clumsy "almost-commutative graviton" is provocative. I use it on purpose, to ask two questions in one : Is the observation of only one Higgs and no supersymmetric particle below 8 TeV (up to now) ...
5
votes
2answers
631 views

Non-renormalizable corrections to GUT unification

While writing these answers: Hypercharge for $U(1)$ in $SU(2)\times U(1)$ model and Is there a concise-but-thorough statement of the Standard Model? , it occured to me that the unification prediction ...
13
votes
2answers
540 views

How do we know we've unified two interactions?

What is the precise definition of unification of fields (in classical and quantum mechanics)? In general, does unification of a field mean that we can write both of them at both sides of an equation (...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

How far are we from reaching around $10^{16}~\rm GeV$ collisions experimentally?

I understand this is a highly speculative question, so I'm not expecting final words, but rather insights to deepen my notion on the issue. I know we reached about 209GeV at LEP in the end of 2000, ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Which are the obstructions for $E_8^L\times E_8^R$ unification?

After left-right symmetry extension of the standard model, $$G' \times SU(2)^L \times SU(2)^R$$ it would seem that a logical pathway to grand unification is to try to obtain it by breaking down from ...
10
votes
0answers
87 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
331 views

What is the experimental reason to believe in a Unified Theory?

Is there any experimental findings on behalf of the belief that all forces can be unified to a single force? Or the idea has it's inspiration from kind of thought experiment or philosophical belief.
0
votes
1answer
429 views

Symmetry groups [closed]

I am quite new to this subject. I am just repeating in a few words, what I have learned so far: There are 4 fundamental forces of nature: strong, weak, electromagnetism and gravity. Physicists are ...