Soft SUSY breaking

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In theoretical physics, soft SUSY breaking is type of supersymmetry breaking that does not cause ultraviolet divergences to appear in scalar masses. These terms are relevant operators—i.e. operators whose coefficients have a positive dimension of mass—though there are some exceptions.

A model with soft SUSY breaking was proposed in 1981 by Howard Georgi and Savas Dimopoulos.[1] Before this, dynamical models of supersymmetry breaking were being used that suffered from giving rise to color and charge breaking vacua.

Soft SUSY breaking decouples the origin of supersymmetry breaking from its phenomenological consequences. In effect, soft SUSY breaking adds explicit symmetry breaking to the supersymmetric Standard Model Lagrangian. The source of SUSY breaking results from a different sector where supersymmetry is broken spontaneously. Divorcing the spontaneous supersymmetry breaking from the supersymmetric Standard Model leads to the notion of mediated supersymmetry breaking.

Example operators[edit]

  • Gaugino mass
  • Scalar masses
  • Scalar trilinear interactions ("A-terms")


  1. ^ Howard Georgi and Savas Dimopoulos (1981). "Softly Broken Supersymmetry and SU(5)". Nuclear Physics. B193: 150. Bibcode:1981NuPhB.193..150D. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(81)90522-8.