Dimensional reduction, monopoles and dynamical symmetry breaking

Brian P Dolan, Richard Joseph Szabo

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We consider SU(2)-equivariant dimensional reduction of Yang-Mills-Dirac theory on manifolds of the form M × P1, with emphasis on the effects of non-trivial magnetic flux on P1. The reduction of Yang-Mills fields gives a chain of coupled Yang-Mills-Higgs systems on M with a Higgs potential leading to dynamical symmetry breaking, as a consequence of the monopole fields. The reduction of SU(2)-symmetric fermions gives massless Dirac fermions on M transforming under the low-energy gauge group with Yukawa couplings, again as a result of the internal U(1) fluxes. The tower of massive fermionic Kaluza-Klein states also has Yukawa interactions and admits a natural SU(2)-equivariant truncation by replacing P1 with a fuzzy sphere. In this approach it is possible to obtain exactly massless chiral fermions in the effective field theory with Yukawa interactions, without any further requirements. We work out the spontaneous symmetry breaking patterns and determine the complete physical particle spectrum in a number of explicit examples. © 2009 SISSA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number059
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Large extra dimensions
  • Space-time symmetries
  • Spontaneous symmetry breaking


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