Building the standard model on a D3-brane

Herman Verlinde, Martijn Wijnholt

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We motivate and apply a bottom-up approach to string phenomenology, which aims to construct the Standard Model as a decoupled world-volume theory on a D3-brane. As a concrete proposal for such a construction, we consider a single probe D3-brane on a partial resolution of a del Pezzo 8 singularity. The resulting world-volume theory reproduces the field content and interactions of the MSSM, however with a somewhat extended Higgs sector. An attractive feature of our approach is that the gauge and Yukawa couplings are dual to non-dynamical closed string modes, and are therefore tunable parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Intersecting branes models
  • Superstring vacua


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