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Standard Model decompositions of larger group representations?

  1. Sep 29, 2015 #1
    When reading about GUTs you often come across the 'Standard Model decomposition' of the representations of a given gauge group. ie. you get the Standard Model gauge quantum numbers arranged between some brackets. For example, here are a few SM decompositions of the SU(5) representations [itex]\textbf{5}, \textbf{10}, \textbf{15}[/itex] and [itex]\textbf{24}[/itex].


    So, for instance this is telling us that the representation [itex]\textbf{5}[/itex] will contain fields that are either

    ([itex]SU(3)_{C}[/itex] triplet, [itex]SU(2)_{L}[/itex] singlet, hypercharge [itex]\tfrac{1}{2}Y = -\tfrac{1}{3}[/itex]) for the (3, 1, [itex]-\tfrac{1}{3}[/itex]),


    ([itex]SU(3)_{C}[/itex] singlet, [itex]SU(2)_{L}[/itex] doublet, hypercharge [itex]\tfrac{1}{2}Y = \tfrac{1}{2}[/itex]) for the (1, 2, [itex]\tfrac{1}{2}[/itex]).

    That's straightforward enough. However, I can't seem to find anything online explaining how these have been determined. I can find plenty about how you might go about constructing the [itex]\textbf{10}, \textbf{15}[/itex] and [itex]\textbf{24}[/itex] starting from combinations of the fundamental [itex]\textbf{5}[/itex] by the 'Young's Tableaux' method, but nothing about starting with one of these SU(5) representations and breaking them down. Can anyone explain or link to an explanation?
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  3. Sep 29, 2015 #2
    Try chapter 18 of "Lie algebras in particle physics" by Georgi.
  4. Sep 29, 2015 #3
    OK, found a pdf version, will check it out very soon.
  5. Sep 29, 2015 #4
    I'm wondering something about what it says here. Specifically I am trying to understand the motivation for the part that's in the red box. I have also highlighted earlier parts in green boxes that I suspect might be related, but I don't quite understand.


    So it wants to get the SM decomposition of the [itex]\textbf{5}[/itex] by choosing from constituents of the equation (18.13) that combine to form a 5-dimensional subset. Fair enough. What I don't understand is the [itex]SU(2) \times U(1)[/itex] part. Why must the [itex]\textbf{5}[/itex] incorporate that specifically? Why not require, say, [itex]SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1)[/itex]?
  6. Sep 30, 2015 #5
    The multiplets in ##(18.15)## aren't a subgroups of ##SU(3)\times SU(2)\times U(1)##?
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