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HEP/Astro Seminar, Monday 2nd November 1998

Out of This World Supersymmetry Breaking

Raman Sundrum (Boston University)


We show that in a general hidden sector model, supersymmetry breaking
necessarily generates at one-loop a scalar and gaugino mass as a consequence of
the super-Weyl anomaly. We study a scenario in which this contribution 
dominates. We consider the Standard Model particles to be localized on a 
(3+1)-dimensional subspace or ``3-brane'' of a higher dimensional spacetime, 
while supersymmetry breaking occurs off the 3-brane, either in the bulk or on 
another 3-brane. At least one extra dimension is assumed to be compactified 
roughly one to two orders of magnitude below the four-dimensional Planck 
scale. This framework is phenomenologically very attractive; it introduces new 
possibilities for solving the supersymmetric flavor problem, the gaugino mass 
problem, the supersymmetric CP  problem, and the $\mu$-problem. Furthermore, 
the compactification scale can be  consistent with a unification of gauge and 
gravitational couplings. We demonstrate these claims in a four-dimensional 
effective theory below the compactification scale that incorporates the rele!
vant features of the underlying higher dimensional theory and the contribution 
of the super-Weyl anomaly. Naturalness constraints  follow not only from 
symmetries but also from the higher dimensional origins of the theory. We also 
introduce additional bulk contributions to the MSSM soft
masses. This scenario is very predictive: the gaugino and squark masses are 
given in terms of MSSM renormalization group functions. 

Monday 2pm, Smith Lab 4079

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