Lecture Notes in Physics

Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories

From Quarks to Strings via SUSY GUTs

Authors: Raby, Stuart

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These course-tested lectures provide a technical introduction to Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories (SUSY GUTs), as well as a personal view on the topic by one of the pioneers in the field.

While the Standard Model of Particle Physics is incredibly successful in describing the known universe it is, nevertheless, an incomplete theory with many free parameters and open issues. An elegant solution to all of these quandaries is the proposed theory of SUSY GUTs. In a GUT, quarks and leptons are related in a simple way by the unifying symmetry and their electric charges are quantized, further the relative strength of the strong, weak and electromagnetic forces are predicted. SUSY GUTs additionally provide a framework for understanding particle masses and offer candidates for dark matter. Finally, with the extension of SUSY GUTs to string theory, a quantum-mechanically consistent unification of the four known forces (including gravity) is obtained.

The book is organized in three sections: the first section contains a brief introduction to the Standard Model,  supersymmetry and the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model.  Then SUSY GUTs in four space-time dimensions are introduced and reviewed.  In addition, the cosmological issues concerning SUSY GUTs are discussed.   Then the requirements for embedding a 4D SUSY GUT into higher-dimensional theories including gravity (i.e. String Theory) are investigated. Accordingly, section two of the course is devoted to discussing the so-called Orbifold GUTs and how in turn they solve some of the technical problems of 4D SUSY GUTs.  Orbifold GUTs introduce a new set of open issues, which are then resolved in the third section in which it is shown how to embed Orbifold GUTs into the E(8) x E(8) Heterotic String in 10 space-time dimensions.

About the authors

Stuart Raby is a professor of physics at The Ohio State University. He is among the original proponents of the supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model and one of the originators of supersymmetric grand unified theories.

His work focuses on the experimental consequences of physics beyond the Standard Model, ranging from collider experiments to proton decay searches, dark matter candidates and questions in cosmology.

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“I enjoyed this book very much and found it useful for refreshing my views and learning something new about SUSY, namely about the GUT state of affairs. I recommend it to individual researchers and to libraries in research universities, physics departments, and HEP laboratories.” (Paulo Moniz, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2018)


Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories
Book Subtitle
From Quarks to Strings via SUSY GUTs
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
939
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55255-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55255-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-55253-8
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 427
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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