Flipped SU(5)

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The Flipped SU(5) model is a grand unified theory (GUT) first contemplated by Stephen Barr in 1982,[1] and by Dimitri Nanopoulos and others in 1984.[2][3] Ignatios Antoniadis, John Ellis, John Hagelin, and Dimitri Nanopoulos developed the supersymmetric flipped SU(5), derived from the deeper-level superstring.[4][5]

Some current efforts to explain the theoretical underpinnings for observed neutrino masses are being developed in the context of supersymmetric flipped SU(5).[6]

Flipped SU(5) is not a fully unified model, because the U(1)Y factor of the Standard Model gauge group is within the U(1) factor of the GUT group. The addition of states below Mx in this model, while solving certain threshold correction issues in string theory, makes the model merely descriptive, rather than predictive.[7]

The model[edit]

The flipped SU(5) model states that the gauge group is:

(SU(5) × U(1)χ)/Z5

Fermions form three families, each consisting of the representations

5−3 for the lepton doublet, L, and the up quarks uc;
101 for the quark doublet, Q, the down quark, dc and the right-handed neutrino, N;
15 for the charged leptons, ec.

This assignment includes three right-handed neutrinos, which have never been observed, but are often postulated to explain the lightness of the observed neutrinos and neutrino oscillations. There is also a 101 and/or 10−1 called the Higgs fields which acquire a VEV, yielding the spontaneous symmetry breaking

(SU(5) × U(1)χ)/Z5 → (SU(3) × SU(2) × U(1)Y)/Z6

The SU(5) representations transform under this subgroup as the reducible representation as follows:

(uc and l)
(q, dc and νc)

Comparison with the standard SU(5)[edit]

The name "flipped" SU(5) arose in comparison to the "standard" SU(5) Georgi–Glashow model, in which uc and dc quark are respectively assigned to the 10 and 5 representation. In comparison with the standard SU(5), the flipped SU(5) can accomplish the spontaneous symmetry breaking using Higgs fields of dimension 10, while the standard SU(5) requires both a 5- and 45-dimensional Higgs.

The sign convention for U(1)χ varies from article/book to article.

The hypercharge Y/2 is a linear combination (sum) of the following:

There are also the additional fields 5−2 and 52 containing the electroweak Higgs doublets.

Calling the representations for example, 5−3 and 240 is purely a physicist's convention, not a mathematician's convention, where representations are either labelled by Young tableaux or Dynkin diagrams with numbers on their vertices, and is a standard used by GUT theorists.

Since the homotopy group

this model does not predict monopoles. See 't Hooft–Polyakov monopole.

Dimension 6 proton decay mediated by the X boson in flipped SU(5) GUT

Minimal supersymmetric flipped SU(5)[edit]


The N = 1 superspace extension of 3 + 1 Minkowski spacetime

Spatial symmetry[edit]

N = 1 SUSY over 3 + 1 Minkowski spacetime with R-symmetry

Gauge symmetry group[edit]

(SU(5) × U(1)χ)/Z5

Global internal symmetry[edit]

Z2 (matter parity) not related to U(1)R in any way for this particular model

Vector superfields[edit]

Those associated with the SU(5) × U(1)χ gauge symmetry

Chiral superfields[edit]

As complex representations:

label description multiplicity SU(5) × U(1)χ rep Z2 rep U(1)R
10H GUT Higgs field 1 101 + 0
10H GUT Higgs field 1 10−1 + 0
Hu electroweak Higgs field 1 52 + 2
Hd electroweak Higgs field 1 5−2 + 2
5 matter fields 3 5−3 - 0
10 matter fields 3 101 - 0
1 left-handed positron 3 15 - 0
φ sterile neutrino (optional) 3 10 - 2
S singlet 1 10 + 2


A generic invariant renormalizable superpotential is a (complex) SU(5) × U(1)χ × Z2 invariant cubic polynomial in the superfields which has an R-charge of 2. It is a linear combination of the following terms:

The second column expands each term in index notation (neglecting the proper normalization coefficient). i and j are the generation indices. The coupling Hd 10i 10j has coefficients which are symmetric in i and j.

In those models without the optional φ sterile neutrinos, we add the nonrenormalizable couplings instead.

These couplings do break the R-symmetry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barr, S.M. (1982). "A new symmetry breaking pattern for SO(10) and proton decay". Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 112 (3): 219–222. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(82)90966-2. ISSN 0370-2693.
  2. ^ Derendinger, J.-P.; Kim, Jihn E.; Nanopoulos, D.V. (1984). "Anti-Su(5)". Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 139 (3): 170–176. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(84)91238-3. ISSN 0370-2693.
  3. ^ Stenger, Victor J., Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness, Prometheus Books, 2009, 61. ISBN 978-1-59102-713-3
  4. ^ Antoniadis, I.; Ellis, John; Hagelin, J.S.; Nanopoulos, D.V. (1988). "Gut model-building with fermionic four-dimensional strings". Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 205 (4): 459–465. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(88)90978-1. ISSN 0370-2693.
  5. ^ Freedman, D. H. "The new theory of everything", Discover, 1991, 54–61.
  6. ^ Rizos, J.; Tamvakis, K. (2010). "Hierarchical neutrino masses and mixing in flipped-SU(5)". Physics Letters B. 685 (1): 67–71. arXiv:0912.3997. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2010.01.038. ISSN 0370-2693.
  7. ^ Barcow, Timothy et al., Electroweak symmetry breaking and new physics at the TeV scale World Scientific, 1996, 194. ISBN 978-981-02-2631-2