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A A symmetric model for leptons

  1. Jan 2, 2018 #1
    This is a homework problem in a course in particle physics at Cornell University.
    Assume the Left Right Symmetric (LRS) model for leptons. The gauge group is GLR = SU(2)L×SU(2)R×U(1)X. The Standard Model group SU(2)L×U(1)Y has to be included in the LRS group. Namely, U(1)Y ⊂ SU(2)R×U(1)X. Find the linear combination of the LRS generators which gives the Standard Model generator Y.
    The answer is: Y = T3R + X/2
    How to get this result?
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  3. Jan 2, 2018 #2


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  4. Jan 3, 2018 #3
    My thoughts are: Since the SM generator Y is proportional to identity, the required linear combination of the LRS generators must also be proportional to identity. Considering that the generators of SU(2)R are TaR = τa/2, where τa are the Pauli matrices, only the combination of T3R and X is possible to be proportional to identity. Thus, Y = T3R + kX, where k is some constant. Since TaR = τa/2, if we take k = 1/2, we will get Y = τa/2 + X/2 = diag(1+X, -1+X)/2. This is a diagonalized matrix, but not proportional to identity. I am a little puzzled.
    By the way, I am not a student at Cornell University, and this course is an old one in 2008. I just downloaded the course materials from the website and study them by myself. In this case, do the Physics Forum rules allow to give away the answer?
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  6. Jan 20, 2018 #5


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    I suppose that since you are looking at models beyond the standard model, you have already looked at the standard model itself... haven't you?
    If yes, the problem is pretty much the same as the EM charge in the Electroweak theory: [itex]SU_L(2) \times U_Y(1) \rightarrow U_{Q}(1)[/itex].
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