Field localization on brane intersections in anti-de Sitter spacetime

Field localization on brane intersections in anti-de Sitter spacetime

Antonino Flachi Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa Oiwake-cho, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan    Masato Minamitsuji Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center for Theoretical Physics, Department für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Theresienstr. 37, D-80333, Munich, Germany Center for Quantum Spacetime, Sogang University, Shinsu-dong 1, Mapo-gu, 121-742 Seoul, South Korea minamituzi˙at˙

We discuss the localization of scalar, fermion, and gauge field zero modes on a brane that resides at the intersection of two branes in six-dimensional anti-de Sitter space. This set-up has been introduced in the context of brane world models and, higher-dimensional versions of it, in string theory. In both six- and ten-dimensional cases, it has been shown that four-dimensional gravity can be reproduced at the intersection, due to the existence of a massless, localized graviton zero-mode. However, realistic scenarios require also the standard model to be localized on the brane. In this paper, we discuss under which conditions a higher-dimensional field theory, propagating on the above geometry, can have a zero-mode sector localized at the intersection and find that zero modes can be localized only if masses and couplings to the background curvature satisfy certain relations. We also consider the case when other 4-branes cut the bulk at some distance from the intersection and argue that, in the probe brane approximation, there is no significant effect on the localization properties at the brane. The case of bulk fermions is particularly interesting, since the properties of the geometry allow localization of chiral modes independently.

04.50.+h, 98.80.Cq
preprint: YITP-09-07preprint: CQUeST-2009-0263


I Introduction

Branes appear in a variety of physical contexts, and, during the past years, have become one of the basic building blocks of higher-dimensional cosmological and particle physics models, due to their property to confine to three dimensions both gravitational and nongravitational fields via a mechanism of localization ArkaniHamed:1998rs (); Randall:1999ee ().

A brane is a dimensional extended object that sweeps out a dimensional worldvolume, as it evolves in time, in a dimensional bulk space, essentially playing the role of boundary conditions for the fields propagating in the bulk. In the compactification scheme, a four-dimensional effective field theory is the result of a spectral reduction of the higher-dimensional field into a zero-mode plus massive excitations. However, when branes are present, a radical difference arises due to the fact that branes effectively separate the bulk space into two (or more) sectors, requiring specific conditions to be imposed on the fields at the junctions. When the bulk geometry is appropriately chosen, the effect of the boundary conditions is to localize the zero-mode and eventually massive excitations on the branes. By the same procedure as in the compactification scheme, the zero-mode of an appropriately chosen higher-dimensional field theory may be matched to the standard model spectrum. Depending on the details of the model, essentially tuning some scales of the bulk space, the masses of the higher-dimensional excitations can be made of order of some TeV, thus producing modifications to standard four-dimensional physics with possible phenomenological or cosmological signatures. In some cases (see Ref. Randall:1999vf ()), the presence of branes allows extra dimensions to be taken infinitely large without any confliction with observation. In this case, the spectrum consists of a continuum of modes.

Choosing bulk geometry, number of branes, and arranging them in the bulk suffers, in principle, from a degree of arbitrariness, and different features may produce different low-energy effective theories and lead to different cosmological or phenomenological predictions. For this reason, a case by case analysis of the low-energy structure of the model seems required. However, the basic properties of a brane universe are rather generic. For instance, as it was shown in addk (), the mechanism of localization due to the warping of the anti-de Sitter (AdS) bulk space only requires the presence of codimension one branes. Thus, extending the model to more than five dimensions, localization can be realized by placing a brane at the intersection of a number of co-dimension one branes. This remains true also when all the branes have tension, as it was discussed in Ref. origamido (), where it was shown how to construct a brane universe by gluing together patches of six-dimensional space origamido (). In the model of Ref. origamido () the observed universe is a brane located at the intersection of two branes, all embedded in a six-dimensional bulk, leading to a pyramidlike structure. Minkowski, de Sitter and anti-de Sitter geometries can be realized on the 3-brane, and ordinary four-dimensional gravity can be reproduced. Also, as in scenarios with large or warped extra-dimensions, the effective scale of gravity can be reduced to a few TeV resolving in a geometrical way the hierarchy problem. The cosmology in six-dimensional intersecting brane models has also received some recent attention (see, for example, cor1 ()).

Another recent application of intersecting brane set-ups has been considered in Refs. Karch:2005yz (); fizran (), that argue that in ten-dimensional string theory on an AdS background, and branes could come to dominate the cosmological evolution of the bulk space. 111 Some related arguments claiming that in the context of string theory only D3-branes are cosmologically favored have been put forward for instance in Ref. md (); dks (). Refs. md () discussed the possibility of the decay of initial space-filling D- brane pairs, via tachyon dynamics, which may lead to phase transitions, dynamics and creation of the D-branes, and Ref. dks () considered intersections leading to reconnection and unwinding of intersecting D-branes (), although in these works no mechanism to localize the gravity on one of the 3-branes has been discussed. If so, four-dimensional gravity can be reproduced on the triple intersections of branes, offering a possible explanation for the observed three dimensionality of space. The localization of gravity in this model has been discussed in Ref. fizran (), showing that the model has analogous properties to those of the equivalent six-dimensional model of origamido ().

Intersecting brane models are also very popular in string theory with flat compactified extra dimensions, and they are usually constructed from branes intersecting on a four-dimensional manifold and wrapping different cycles in the transverse compact space. Their popularity arises because chiral fermions, localized at the intersection, can be easily obtained. Intersecting brane models have also various other bonuses like replication of quark-lepton generation. They may lead to hierarchical structures for quark and lepton masses easily, the hierarchy problem can also be addressed in the standard way by taking the volume of the extra dimensions large enough. The fact that the masses of the excited modes are proportional to the angles of the intersecting branes and may be just above the weak scale, make such models sensitive to collider experiments, and motivated much work devoted to study their physics (see, for example, douglas (); ibanez (); friedel ()).

In this paper, for simplicity, we will focus on a model that consists of a dimensional bulk with two branes intersecting along a brane. Along with this case, we also discuss the effect of a extra branes, playing the role of cut-off in the extra dimensions. These extra branes require specific boundary conditions to be obeyed at their surface by the fields propagating in the bulk, and, as we will argue, adding cut-off branes, and thus having a finite volume bulk, does not change the behavior of the localized zero modes substantially. The geometry considered in this paper will be introduced, mainly following Ref. origamido (), in the next section.

Here, we are interested in studying what are the conditions of localization at the intersection for the zero-mode of a higher dimensional field. Let us first briefly summarize the situation arising when branes do not intersect. The corresponding model to the scenario of Ref. origamido () is the Randall-Sundrum model, with an infinitely extended five-dimensional AdS bulk, and one brane. In this case, scalar fields with arbitrary boundary mass terms, can be localized on a positive tension brane, and have continuous spectrum with no mass gap. Half-integer, and , spin fields can instead be localized on a negative tension brane. Their localization to a positive tension brane can be realized at the price of introducing some specific boundary mass terms. Massless, spin localized zero modes do not arise from a higher-dimensional vector field, but they may arise from higher-dimensional antisymmetric forms. Adding extra parallel branes, does not change the localization issue, but discretize the spectrum. This has been at the center of much attention and has been suggested of a mechanism to explain, for example, the fermion mass hierarchy, the smallness of neutrino masses, or a way to give to the mechanism of supersymmetry breaking a geometrical origin. We refer the reader to the literature, for example Refs. Bajc:1999mh (); Gherghetta:2000qt (); ran (); rub (); mirab (); neub (); kogan (); ring (); sing (); jacky (); pomarol () where the issue of localization in the Randall-Sundrum model with one or two branes has been studied, and to Ref. kogan () where a multi brane set-up has been considered. (See liu () for an example of localization on thick branes.) It seems interesting to extend the above results to the case of brane intersections in AdS, and in Sec. III we will discuss this. We will consider a theory with general masses and coupling to the curvature and illustrate that a localized zero-mode sector is possible only if masses and couplings obey certain relations. We will also show that in the case of fermions, different chiral modes can be localized separately, thus the geometrical mechanism of generating mass hierarchies in the Randall-Sundrum model, can be extended to this case.

Sec. IV will be devoted to briefly consider the effects of the Kaluza-Klein excitation and in particular the mass spectrum, which, as shown in origamido () for the case of the graviton, is continuous and gapless. The couplings of the excited modes with the localized zero modes are, however, negligible thus viable phenomenologies can in principle be constructed. This can be seen from the profile of the potential, which forms a barrier around the intersection protecting the branes from potentially dangerous modes.

Ii Intersecting Branes in AdS

In this section we will present the prototype background geometry, briefly summarizing the results of origamido (). The system consists of a six-dimensional bulk, two 4-branes which are intersecting in the bulk, and a 3-brane residing at the intersection. The bulk action is given by


We will set to be unity for the moment. Two tensional 4-branes intersect along a 3-brane. Then, the brane action is given by


with being the induced metric on the 4-branes, and on the brane. As the 4-brane and 3-brane matter, we will consider only tensions


The bulk theory contains an anti-de Sitter solution, whose metric can be written in the form


where and the warp factor is

The constants and parametrize the bulk curvature along two orthogonal directions, and . The constant is introduced in order for the 3-brane not to be located at the position of AdS horizon. In the above metric, and represent the standard four-dimensional flat space metric and coordinates.

Let us construct the exact bulk metric which is locally AdS, and contains two (intersecting) 4-branes and a 3-brane at their intersection. We assume that two boundary branes exist along the lines and on -plane (), and intersect at an angle and thus their relative ‘inclination’ is characterized by two normal vectors and The intersection point is assumed to be at . A set of two vectors parallel to the branes (orthogonal to the normal vectors), can be introduced and where are parallel to the branes , respectively (See e.g., Fig. 1 of Ref. origamido ()). Note that . A more convenient coordinate system can be defined as where

The relation between the two coordinate systems can be summarized as . And it is easy to see that, in the coordinates, the bulk metric takes the form


where and we define


The components of the metric tensor in the transverse directions are and . In the coordinates the branes are located at and . In order for the metric Eq. (5) to represent a region of the bulk spacetime surrounded by the 4- and 3-branes, we pick up a patch of AdS, and .

To realize the intersecting brane system, we are going to orbifold the bulk region. The bulk spacetime can be constructed by gluing four copies of the above patch of AdS spacetime with -symmetry across each 4-brane. Then, the coordinates can cover the whole bulk, where the domain of both and coordinates is extended to be and . The global bulk metric is given by Eq. (5) with redefinitions such that


We label each patch of bulk space as

(IV) (8)

The 4-branes are along the edges and the 3-brane is at the apex in the pyramidal bulk.

Requiring that the above spacetime is a solution of Einstein equations gives a relation between the constants and , the bulk cosmological constant and the Hubble constant

Brane tensions are determined through the boundary parts of the Einstein equation, leading to the following relations222We thank Kazuya Koyama for pointing out an error on the 3-brane tension.


In the rest of the paper, we focus on Minkowski 3-brane solutions and therefore set , thus we define

Note that a de Sitter 3-brane with can be obtained via boosting one of the 4-branes in a particular direction of the extra dimensions.

It is natural to assume the presence of additional and branes in the above set-up. Note that any configuration of multiple brane intersections must be a solution of Einstein equations plus a set of consistency conditions, which is generalization of the results obtained in gkl (). We will briefly consider, along with the above geometrical construction, the effect of extra dimensional probe-branes, which cut the bulk space at some distance from the intersection. As we will see later, for these cut-off branes, the effect on the zero-mode localization is not substantial.

Iii Bulk Fields and Zero-Mode Localization.

This section will be devoted to consider a gauge field, , a scalar field, , and a Dirac fermion, , propagating in the above intersecting brane geometry in AdS. The starting action is the standard one


In the above action, , the coefficients , are the masses of the gauge and scalar fields, respectively. Since we are in six dimensions, the Dirac spinor is eight dimensional and therefore is a matrix, whose form is restricted by the symmetries of the action. The constants , and represent the coupling to the curvature. The covariant derivative is , with being the spin connection. In the present paper, we ignore the effects of the back reaction. The remainder of the section will be devoted to discuss the possibility to localize the zero-mode sector of the above higher-dimensional field theory on the brane.

iii.1 Scalars

The field equations for the scalar field can be written in the usual Klein-Gordon form, that in the case of the intersecting brane geometry (4), take the form

where, for convenience, we have rescaled the field:

In the above expression, the D’Alembertian is the standard one in four-dimensional Minkowski space-time, and the symbol is used to indicate the sign-function. The potential term, , consists of a bulk part plus two function contributions coming from branes


with and

Figure 1: Scalar field potential defined in Eq. (11), shown in one of the four patches of . The figure illustrates the presence of a potential barrier around the 3-brane. The 3-brane is located at the origin and 4-branes correspond to the boundaries (sides in the plot). Here, we set and . Note that the behavior of the potential for the vector field defined in Eq. (50) is very similar to the scalar one.
Figure 2: A contrast of the potential is shown for the same parameters as in Fig. 1.
Figure 3: The behavior of the potential along the -axis is shown for the same parameters as in Fig. 1.

The four-dimensional effective theory can be obtained in the standard way by integrating out the extra dimensions. First, we decompose the higher-dimensional field, separating out the massless zero-mode from the Kaluza-Klein (KK) excitations


Then, we assume that each mode satisfies a Klein-Gordon equation in four dimensions,


with being a multi-index. Requiring the modes to be normalizable,


a simple calculation shows that the six-dimensional action reduces to


where are the masses of the KK excitations. The functions satisfy


When supplemented with appropriate boundary conditions, solving the above equation allows to determine the masses of the KK excitations. The four- dimensional effective theory, on the brane, is then completely described by the action (16). The boundary conditions can be easily derived by integrating the equation of motion for each bulk mode Eq. (17) across the branes. The boundary conditions between regions and and between regions and are given by


They are valid on the 4-brane at except at the intersection . Similarly, the boundary conditions between region and and between regions and are


also, valid on the 4-brane at except at the intersection . Each mode must satisfy these conditions with appropriate choices of the integration constants. In the reminder of this section we will discuss the zero-mode () solution and address the issue of its localizability on the brane. The role of the KK excitation will be discussed in a subsequent section.

The zero-mode is described by the homogeneous solutions to Eq. (17) with




where is normalization constant. The above solution has to satisfy the condition of normalizability, reality and also the boundary conditions simultaneously. Normalizability is a restrictive condition and requires , selecting the solution with . Thus we set . Requiring that the solution is real corresponds to


whereas imposing the boundary conditions imply the following relation:

These two relations imply that , and therefore are satisfied for any value of . However, together with the boundary conditions, normalizability restrict the values of the coupling

For varying as above, the normalization constant is


Finally, by looking at the functional form of the solution,


it is clear that the zero-mode wave function takes the maximal value at the intersection and decreases as and are increasing, leading to the localization on the 3-brane, if

It is interesting to note that localization of the zero-mode continue to be valid also in the minimally coupled case, corresponding to , despite the fact that the presence of the intersection does not locally contribute to the bulk mode function, since the potential does not contain any term proportional to .

Adding an additional brane requires some modifications. Here, we wish to argue that the presence of any additional, cut-off brane in the AdS bulk, does not spoil the above results. It is clear that the condition of reality (22) does not change, but both the boundary and normalization conditions do. Additionally, we have to impose an extra boundary condition at the third brane. The boundary conditions at the tensional branes lead to the following relation


and an analogous relation arising at . If we require that the mode is localized, the above relation can be satisfied only by choosing and , which can be satisfied by tuning the coupling

The condition of localization gives, again, the additional constraint

which is always satisfied for the above choice of . The final condition that we need to impose are the boundary conditions at the far brane. Since we are treating the brane as tensionless, the boundary conditions are not dictated by the geometry or symmetries, but have to be imposed by hands. One possibility is to impose Robin-type boundary conditions, basically requiring a specific fall-off behavior for the field at the cut-off


where . The coefficient is a constant which is not fixed in the probe brane approximation. Including the brane tension will produce the same type of boundary condition, in general, with depending on the angles and the other parameters of the model. By looking at the form of the above boundary conditions, it is clear that the presence of a zero-mode is possible in this case too, but it will require further restrictions on the parameters in the form

where nontrivial solutions require to be nonzero. Another possibility is to place symmetrically at the four sides of the pyramid four cut-off branes and require continuity of the modes at the antipodal branes. For localized zero modes this continuity condition is satisfied.

iii.2 Fermions

In this section we shall consider the case of higher-dimensional fermions. In the brane-world the question of fermion localization has received great attention particularly because set-ups with branes and higher-dimensional fermions allow for a geometrical reinterpretations of various features of the standard model like hierarchies of fermion masses or Yukawa couplings with the bonus of a rich phenomenology. A number of articles that studied these issues in the context models with large extra dimensions and warped geometry are Refs. Bajc:1999mh (); Gherghetta:2000qt (); ran (); rub (); mirab (); kogan (); neub (); ring (); sing (). In the widely studied Randall-Sundrum one and two branes scenario, it was shown that a higher-dimensional fermion has a zero-mode that is naturally localized on a brane with negative tension. Localization on a positive tension brane is also possible, but at the price of introducing additional interactions, in the form of a mass term of topological origin (basically coupling the fermion with a domain wall). Here, we wish to reconsider the issue of localization for fermions in the set-up of branes intersecting at angles in anti-de Sitter space, generalizing the previous results for scalars. We begin by rewriting the fermionic sector of the bulk action (10)


where we remind that in six dimensions, a Dirac fermion can be represented as an eight component spinor, or equivalently as two four components spinors (in this section we will use the bulk coordinates). The matrices are the Dirac matrices in curved space,

with being the six-bein, that, in the background spacetime we are considering, can be written as

In the following we adopt the standard representation for the gamma matrices


where represent the ordinary four-dimensional gamma matrices. The six-bein can be expressed as


The non zero component of the spin connection are


Finally, the covariant derivatives can be expressed as


The coefficient is an matrix, which we write in block diagonal form

We assume the terms and to be constant four-dimensional matrices. As for the off diagonal terms, in order to guarantee that the action respects the symmetry across the four branes, the form for the four-dimensional matrices , has to be chosen appropriately. Similarly to the Randall-Sundrum case, such terms can be parameterized as follows


Rescaling the spinor field as


the fermion action (27) can be written as follows


where we introduced the two-dimensional differential operator . At this point it is convenient to decompose the higher-dimensional spinor into its four-dimensional and transverse components


where is a four-dimensional Dirac spinor. Requiring the functions and to be orthonormal,


and to satisfy the following set of equations


the following expression for the action is easily obtained,


If we now associate the spinors and with the left- and right-handed components of a spinor

we arrive at the following action for the spinor


with . We have assumed that the four-matrices and are proportional to the identity matrix with the same proportionality constant. The masses are the eigenvalues of (37)-(38), that can be found after imposing appropriate boundary conditions. Above, we have fixed the chirality of and . This still leaves us the freedom to fix the chirality opposite to the above choice, identifying and with the right- and left-handed components of a fermion of different species. This fact can be used to localize separately different chirality modes, generalizing the analogous result for the Randall-Sundrum background.

In the zero-mode case, the masses are zero, thus the Eqs (37)-(38) simplify to


The solution to the above equations can be easily found

and the boundary conditions are trivially satisfied on the branes. The condition of normalization, instead, requires that and . In such case, the power-law fall-off of the solutions (III.2) implies the localizability of the massless zero-modes. Alternatively, we can require that and , thus the left-handed component will be localized, while the other component will not be normalizable. Identifying the species with neutrinos and the species with anti-neutrinos, then one can achieve localization at the intersection only of neutrinos and antineutrinos of appropriate chirality.

In the case of an additional brane, we only have to impose boundary conditions are the far brane. As before we chose general Robin boundary conditions

As in the scalar of vector case, the above conditions imply some tuning between the various coefficients


which one can adjust to achieve localization of definite chiralities. Adding symmetrically four cut-off branes and gluing the modes at the antipodal sides at the bottom of the pyramid will be automatically satisfied by the zero-mode solutions.

In conclusion to this section we mention that if we want to localize a massless fermion zero-mode, the fact that we have intersecting brane is not more advantageous than in the Randall-Sundrum case, as one may expect. Basically, also in this case the (mass) term has to be chosen appropriately. It is known, in fact, that massless bulk fermions can be localized on a brane only if coupled to some domain wall. In this case, there would be a normalizable zero-mode. This zero-mode is topological and its existence does not depend on the detailed profile of the scalar field across the brane jacky ().

iii.3 Gauge Bosons

We now turn to the case of gauge bosons. We begin by briefly recalling the Randall-Sundrum case and refer the reader to Ref.Gherghetta:2000qt (); pomarol () where this case was studied for the two-brane case, and to Ref. Bajc:1999mh () where the one brane set-up was analyzed. In the two-brane case, a massless Gauge field has a massless and constant lowest mode state that in contrary to the graviton or scalar is not localized on any of the branes. In the massive case, there is no massless zero-mode and a constant mode still exists, but its mass has become of order of the mass of the bulk field. Also in the one brane set-up there is no localized zero-mode, neither other nontrivial solutions to the equation of motion for the vector field give localized modes.

Let us now consider the case of a massive gauge boson in the intersecting branes set-up, whose action is the gauge sector of (10). Let us notice that we consider the most general case in which the field is coupled also to the curvature. This corresponds to adding some mass boundary terms that will depend on the coefficients and . The ordinary massless, minimally coupled case is obtained by taking the appropriate limit.

The equation of motion for the gauge field is


Using the metric (4), we perform the dimensional reduction by decomposing the fields as


By choosing the gauge , requiring the radial part of the modes, to satisfy


and imposing the following normalizability conditions


one obtains, a four-dimensional effective field theory in the form of a superposition of a zero-mode plus a tower of massive vector fields


In the above Eq. (47), we have defined the potential as


where , and


Analogously to the scalar case, the boundary conditions can be obtained by integrating across the boundaries. An easy computation gives, integrating across regions and or and , the following relations


valid on the 4-brane at except on the intersection . Similarly, integrating across regions and , or across regions and , one arrives at


valid on the 4-brane at except on the intersection . Each mode must be regular and has to satisfy the above boundary conditions along with the normalizability conditions. In the remainder of the section, we will discuss the existence and localizability of the zero-mode, that, if it exists, will be described by a homogeneous solution to Eq. (47), which can be written as


This case is basically a repetition of the scalar case, so we will be brief. Requiring the reality of the wave function implies


whereas, the condition of normalizability needs . Requiring localization for the zero-mode gives and hence