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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Publication details for Professor Steven Abel

Abel, S.A., Durnford, C, Jaeckel, J. & Khoze, V.V. (2008). Dynamical breaking of U(1)_{R} and supersymmetry in a metastable vacuum. Physics Letters B 661(2-3): 201-209.

Author(s) from Durham


We consider the metastable N=1 QCD model of Intriligator, Seiberg and Shih (ISS), deformed by adding a baryon term to the superpotential. This simple deformation causes the spontaneous breaking of the approximate R-symmetry of the metastable vacuum. We then gauge the flavour SU(5)_f and identify it with the parent gauge symmetry of the Standard Model (SM). This implements direct mediation of supersymmetry breaking without the need for an additional messenger sector. A reasonable choice of parameters leads to gaugino masses of the right order. Finally, we speculate that the entire ``ISS x SM'' model should be interpreted as a magnetic dual of an (unknown) asymptotically free theory.