New non-trivial vacuum structures in supersymmetric field theories

Keith R. Dienes, Brooks Thomas

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Abstract

In this talk, we present three examples of new non-trivial vacuum structures that can occur in supersymmetric field theories, along with explicit models in which they arise. The first forms the basis of a metastable SUSY-breaking scenario in which no flat directions or runaways appear in the classical potential and no non-perturbative physics is required for vacuum stability. The second consists of large (and even infinite) towers of metastable vacua which exhibit a rich set of instanton-induced vacuum tunneling dynamics. The third consists of an infinite number of degenerate vacua and gives rise to a Bloch-wave ground state and a vacuum "band" structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationParticles and Fields - Proceedings of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields and Mini-Courses of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields
Pages391-396
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 21 2009
EventXIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields and Mini-Courses of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields - Hermosillo and San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Duration: Oct 2 2008Oct 11 2008

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1116
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherXIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields and Mini-Courses of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields
CountryMexico
CityHermosillo and San Carlos, Sonora
Period10/2/0810/11/08

Keywords

  • Metastability
  • Supersymmetry
  • Vacuum structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Dienes, K. R., & Thomas, B. (2009). New non-trivial vacuum structures in supersymmetric field theories. In Particles and Fields - Proceedings of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields and Mini-Courses of the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields (pp. 391-396). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1116). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3131581