Low-energy neutral current phenomenology and grand unified theories

F. Del Águila, A. Méndez

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We derive necessary and sufficient conditions to be satisfied by any expanded electroweak gauge model in order to reproduce the standard model low-energy neutral current predictions. These conditions imply several constraints on the neutral gauge boson masses and quantum number assignments for the ordinary fermions. Using these conditions, we prove that the popular grand unified theories based on the gauge groups SO(10) and E6 can only accomodate trivial extensions of the standard model. As a consequences, if any of these grand unified models works at some energy scale, present low-energy neutral current phenomenology implies that the Z-boson must be produced with the expected mass and couplings to the ordinary fermions. Any additional neutral gauge boson (with the possible exception of very heavy ones) could only be produced in hadronic collisions and it would not decay in e+e-. © 1981.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-228
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 1981


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