Phenomenology of a three-family standardlike string model

Mirjam Cvetič, Paul Langacker, Gary Shiu

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We discuss the phenomenology of a three-family supersymmetric standardlike model derived from the orientifold construction, in which the ordinary chiral states are localized at the intersection of branes at angles. In addition to the standard model group, there are two additional (Formula presented) symmetries, one of which has family nonuniversal and therefore flavor changing couplings, and a quasihidden non-Abelian sector which becomes strongly coupled above the electroweak scale. The perturbative spectrum contains a fourth family of exotic (Formula presented)-singlet] quarks and leptons, in which, however, the left-chiral states have unphysical electric charges. It is argued that these decouple from the low energy spectrum due to hidden sector charge confinement, and that anomaly matching requires the physical left-chiral states to be composites. The model has multiple Higgs doublets and additional exotic states. The moduli-dependent predictions for the gauge couplings are discussed. The strong coupling agrees with experiment for reasonable moduli, but the electroweak couplings are too small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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