1 Introduction


Six-dimensional origin of gravity mediated brane to brane supersymmetry breaking

G. A.  Diamandis,   B. C.  Georgalas,   P.  Kouroumalou and

A. B.  Lahanas 111email alahanas@phys.uoa.gr

University of Athens,

Physics Department, Nuclear and Particle Physics Section,

GR–15771 Athens, Greece

Four dimensional supergravities may be the right framework to describe particle physics at low energies. Its connection to the underlying string theory can be implemented through higher dimensional supergravities which bear special characteristics. Their reduction to four dimensions breaks supersymmetry whose magnitude depends both on the compactifying manifold and the mechanism that generates the breaking. In particular compactifications, notably on a orbifold, the breaking of supersymmetry occuring on a hidden brane, residing at one end of , is communicated to the visible brane which lies at the other end, via gravitational interactions propagating in the bulk. This scenario has been exemplified in the framework of the , supergravity. In this note, motivated by the recent developments in the field, related to the six-dimensional description of the supergravity theory, we study the , supergravity theory as originating from a supergravity which, in addition to the gravity, includes a number of tensor multiplets. This reduces to , supergravity in a two step manner, first by Kaluza-Klein reduction followed by a orbifold compactification. The resulting theory has striking similarities with the one that follows from the single standalone , supergravity, with no reference to the underlying higher dimensional supergravity, and a structure that makes the supersymmetry breaking mechanisms studied in the past easily incorporated in higher dimensional schemes.

1 Introduction

The study of supergravities in five and six dimensions has been revived in recent years for various reasons. In particular, six dimensional supergravity theories naturally arise as realizations of F-theory [1] while five-dimensional theories may emerge as limits of M-theory [2, 3, 4]. Also the duality between F and M theory is better studied via the reduction of six-dimensional to five-dimensional supergravity [5, 6, 7]. Besides it has been long known that five-dimensional supergravity compactified on may arise as the effective theory of stongly coupled heterotic string theory [8]. The latter has stimulated the interest towards studying the phenomenological and cosmological [9, 10] consequences of supersymmetric brane world models. In the framework of these models, the orbifold compactification determines effectively two spatially three-dimensional branes one of which is identified as the visible world and the other is the invisible brane or the so called hidden brane. An important issue, which has been extensively studied in this context, is the origin of supersymmetry breaking. Towards that goal there are several mechanisms proposed in literature [11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 15, 16, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35] and a popular scenario is the one in which the supersymmetry breaking takes place at the hidden brane and this breaking is radiatively communicated through the bulk to the visible world. In this context the five-dimensional theory considered is mainly pure supergravity and thus the interactions propagating in the five-dimensional space is gravity and the radion multiplet connected to the geometry of the fifth dimension. The latter acts as a messenger of the supersymmetry breaking, along with the five-dimensional gravity multiplet, via loop corrections, from the hidden to the visible brane where the observable fields live. A striking feature of this mechanism is the fact that the resulting supersymmetry breaking scale turns out to be finite, due to cancellations between bosonic and fermionic contributions occurring in loops, and also to the fact that the size of the orbifold is non-vanishing setting the separation of the two branes and the scale of supersymmetry (SUSY) breaking.

The aforementioned scheme was exemplified in previous works [31, 32], where observable fields were assumed to live on the visible brane interacting with the bulk gravity which mediates supersymmetry breaking which takes place at the hidden brane. It would be interesting to see if this mechanism can be generalized in such a way that is embedded in the framework of a higher dimensional supergravity theory and if so what are the consequences for the supersymmetry breaking scale and its implications for phenomenology. In this note we undertake this problem and investigate the possibility of the transmission of the supersymmetry breaking in models originated from the six-dimensional (1, 0) supergravity [36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46]. In particular we take up the point that the N=2 five-dimensional supergravity [47, 48] is originating by Kaluza-Klein compactification of a simple (1, 0) six-dimensional supergravity with tensor multiplets present. We find that the orbifolding shares the basic features which permit the transmission of the supersymmetry breaking from the hidden to the visible brane via fields that live on the branes and are propagating in the bulk. However a basic difference emerges from the purely five-dimensional considerations, pertinent to the existence of many chiral multiplets involved, which are unavoidable when we compactify from higher dimensions. Their projections to the branes is described by a Kähler function reminiscent of the no-scale type [49]. Due to this structure, the introduction of a superpotential on the branes leads to positive definite scalar potential, as in the pure five-dimensional case, while considering a constant superpotential, in order to generate the supersymmetry breaking on the hidden brane, gives no potential on it. These basic ingredients for the transmission of supersymmetry breaking are preserved in the 6-dimensional considerations and the successful predictions of the five-dimensional models remain in principle intact.

2 supergravity and its reduction

In an earlier paper [31] we studied the reduction of the five-dimensional supergravity on orbifold the ends of which may be conceived as two branes. We assumed that only gravity propagates in the fifth dimension and the observable matter is located on one of the two branes although other more complicated options are available. The Lagrangian is of the form where is the Lagrangian part describing supergravity and the part including the interactions of all fields living on the brane among themselves as well as their interactions with the projections of the bulk fields on the brane. has the structure of a four-dimensional supergravity which includes except the observable chiral and vector multiplets the radion multiplet. In particular was found that the Lagrangian part can be described by a Kähler function


where are the Kähler functions, in general, of the fields, , that are located on the visible brane at , and those that are located on the hidden brane, , which lies at . In (1) the scalar belongs to the radion multiplet which with a proper normalization has components given by


In it is the vielbein component associated with the fifth dimension, is the fifth component of the gravi-photon and similarly is the fifth component of the second of the gravitino fields ( for details see [31] ). Besides, superpotential couplings, which are descibed by proper superpotentials and , have to be added in order to complete the picture. These results hold to order , where is the five-dimensional Newton’s constant, and for their derivation we worked in the on-shell five-dimensional supergravity using Noether’s method [50].

The aforementioned scheme was employed in order to study the brane to brane mediation of the supersymmetry breaking mechanism. In order to pave the ground for the discussion that follows we only recall here the salient qualitative features of the mechanism deployed in previous works [31, 32], where the above mechanism was employed. The hidden and the visible branes, located at the end points of , communicate through gravitational interactions which, we assume, are the only forces that propagate in the bulk and the only ones that can convey the message of supersymmetry breaking from the hidden brane to the observable fields that are located on the visible brane. The orbifolding breaks one of the two supersymmetries of the supergravity, while the remaining local supersymmetry is broken on the hidden brane, giving mass to the gravitino, by a properly chosen superpotential , and this breaking is transmitted to the visible fields. This idea has been exemplified in a simple model [32] and it has been shown that finite soft supersymmetry breaking terms can be induced which depend on the gravitino mass , and the size of the orbifold . Therefore the seeds of supersymmetry breaking reside on the hidden brane, where a superpotential breaks local supersymmetry, and it is essential that the brane-bulk field interactions are fully known and in particular those that are relevant for the transmission of supersymmetry breaking from one brane to the other. A convenient option for the hidden superpotential is to take it to be a constant [24, 17] whose value is directly related to the gravitino mass by , where sets the size of 222 is actually the mass of the lowest gravitino mode, in the approximation , or same . . Therefore the gravitino mass can be traded for the parameter which is set by the constant superpotential. The supersymmetry breaking is transmitted to the observable fields on the visible brane via gravitational interactions through loops including the graviton and gravitino fields as well as the fields of the radion multiplet. We remark that the role of the radion multiplet is essential in this approach since its presence yields contributions that can make the soft masses squared of the squarks and sleptons be non-tachyonic. In [31, 32] we exemplify the above mechanism in a simple prototype and showed that finite soft supersymmetry breaking parameters are indeed generated by loops, which involve the gravitino and the fermion of the radion multiplet, and their magnitudes can be determined.

After this outline of the salient features of the five-dimensional supergravity and its role for the brane to brane mediation of the supesymmetry breaking it is essential to explore whether this scheme can be incorporated, if it does at all, in the framework of higher dimensional supergravities as discussed in the introduction. This is important if we believe that the low energy supersymmetry has its origin in a more fundamental theory, like string theory for instance , which includes gravity and has supersymmetric structure.

In the following section we shall embark on first discussing the six-dimensional supergravity, which is the simplest higher dimensional scheme in which the five-dimensional supergravity can be embedded and its reduction following the Kaluza - Klein ansatz.

3 From six to five-dimensional supergravity via Kaluza-Klein reduction

Our starting point is the simplest six-dimensional supergravity which, except the gravity multiplet, we assume it includes additional tensor multiplets. The role of tensor multiplets is essential for the cancellation of anomalies in higher supergravities, as well as the presence of hypermultiplets. In this work we do not proceed to a full investigation of the problem and the construction of an anomaly-free model. However we allow for the existence of tensor multiplets to preserve the qualitative features of an anomaly-free theory [39, 44, 45]. Some models demand more than one tensor multiplets to guarantee absence of anomalies, however we start with the least content, allowing for one tensor multiplet, and later we generalize the result for more multiplets 333 In our considerations for simplicity we assume that only gravity propagates in the bulk. Cases where in addition to gravity gauge fields propagate in the bulk are not considered in this note. . Therefore in this consideration the spectrum consists of the supergravity multiplet


and a tensor multiplet


where have field strengths

obeying the duality conditions

In the equations above , with and ( see for instance[37] )


The fields are left(right)-handed symplectic Majorana spinors.

The bilinear terms of the relevant six-dimensional Lagrangian are


In this, are six-dimensional gamma matrices and denote their properly weighted antisymmetric products. Note that the tensor field kinetic terms for the case under consideration case may be put in a diagonal form

by defining and as

The supersymmetry transformations of the bosonic components are given by




In the transformation given by Eq.(7), the parameter defining the local supersymmetry transformations is a left-handed symplectic Majorana spinor.

The standard Kaluza-Klein ansatz reduces the action to five dimensions. The field modes are considered not to depend on the sixth dimension and in particular the metric is decomposed in the following manner


The above decomposition corresponds to the following decomposition of the ”sechsbein”


This reduction leads to a five-dimensional supergravity [5, 6] with the presence of two vector multiplets furnished by the fields

In order to bring the five-dimensional gravitational action to the Einstein-Hilbert form the following rescaling is necessary


That done the bilinear terms of the bosonic fields take on the form


where are the field strengths of the vector fields respectively and the field strength of stemming from the reduction of the metric ( see Eq. (8) ). Notice that the field kinetic term appear after the rescaling (10). Moreover in order to have a canonical kinetic term and the standard supersymmetry transformation law for the five-dimensional gravitino field we have to make the following redefinition


where . Rescaling the parameter of the supersymmetry transformation as

we recast the ordinary transformation law for the ”fünfbein”, i.e.


4 orbifold and coupling of brane fields

The orbifolding is implemented by decomposing the five-dimensional metric and assigning proper -parities to the fields involved. In particular for the metric we decompose as:


The above decomposition corresponds to the following decomposition of the ”fünfbein”


The parity assignments, including these for the ”graviphoton” , go as follows

Even fields :


Odd fields :

The two supersymmetries, in the chiral supergravity, have parameters the eight-component left-handed spinors

These are decomposed in five-dimensions in terms of two-component symplectic Majorana spinors in the following way,


is -even and is -odd so that supersymmetric transformations of the surviving supersymmetry on the branes, after orbifolding, are implemented by .

The coupling of the brane chiral multiplets in this model is obtained by Noether’s method [50] which is more suitable for the case of on-shell supergravities. For details we point the reader to literature [25, 31, 51, 52]. We first consider the restriction of the bosonic kinetic terms of the even fields on the branes, introduced by the orbifolding, which are given by the following terms,


A rescaling of the four dimensional metric given by

brings the terms given by Eq. (17) to the following form


It is interesting to see that the above bilinear terms of the scalar fields, in the frame that the four dimensional gravity action is canonical, are the kinetic terms of three complex scalar fields belonging to three chiral multiplets which stem from the Kähler function


The complex fields are expressed in terms of the and fields by 444 These expressions are reminiscent of the corresponding used in [53] where supergravity, unlike in our considerations, is compactified directly to a four dimensional supergravity


Note that in this case the ”radion” field is expressed in a non-linear manner in terms of the fields as follows


Such a dependence of the radion field, in terms of the moduli fields, has been recently pointed out in [54]. The Kähler function (19) is of the no-scale type. In the absence of other superpotential couplings it would yield a vanishing scalar potential. It should be noted that the arising no-scale structure is due to the manner the four - dimensional supregravity is conceived as reduction of a higher supergravity theory. In our approach we first derived the supergravity from a (1,0) six-dimensional supergravity by Kaluza-Klein compactification, keeping only the zero modes, and then passed to a four-dimensional description on the branes by orbifolding on . Other schemes [53, 55], in which supergravity is compactified directly to a four dimensional supergravity, do not lead to models bearing the aforementioned no-scale structure. The importance of having a no-scale structure is intimately connected with a positive scalar potential. In schemes where the connection to the six-dimensional supergravity is absent, the supergravity, when compactified on , has a radion multiplet whose scalar component has a real part linearly related to , see (2).

The couplings of the chiral multiplets living on the branes, of the model under study, is then obtained by considering the Kähler function


where and denote collectively the scalar fields of the chiral multiplets introduced on the visible and the hidden branes respectively. In order to complete the brane-bulk Lagrangian we have to consider the superpotential terms on the branes as well. As explained in [31], introducing a superpotential on any of the branes the potential induced is found from the expression


In this are the relevant scalar delta function defined as usual by , or , depending on the brane, and the indices indicate or brane fields. A straightforward computation shows that the negative term in the potential given by Eq.(23) is canceled out leaving a scalar potential which is positive definite. In particular the inverse Kähler matrix , evaluated as an expansion in powers of satisfying


when plugged into (23) above, leads to elimination of the negative term and a positive scalar potential 555 The ellipses denote terms of higher order in .


emerges. In it the indices run now over the brane fields only. The details of the calculation that leads to this form for the scalar potential is presented in the Appendix.

We see that as far as the potential and consequently the process of supersymmetry breaking is concerned, we have the same situation as in the case of the N=2, D=5 supergravity discussed in the beginning which stands alone without reference to a higher dimensional supergravity it has its origin in. The reason behind this result is due to the fact that the ”Kähler” function of Eq. (19), which describes the Lagrangian of the restriction of the three complex fields on the branes, can be also written, using (21), as


This states that is expressed in terms of the radion field in the same way as in previous considerations, however now the radion is a non-trivial function of the fields .

The above result can be generalized in the case of an arbitrary number of tensor multiplets. In this case the indices of the metric in (6) run from one to and the terms involving the field strengths ( compare with (6) ) are again given by

Then a diagonalization of the metric is necessary in order to bring these terms to a diagonal form as was done for the case of one tensor multiplet . That done Eq. (11) is generalized to


where in the base of a diagonal metric the elements , which are positive definite, depend on the scalar fields of the tensor multiplets under consideration. In this case we have chiral multiplets living on the branes, including the one stemming from the metric, and their corresponding complex scalar fields are given by


In this case the ”radion” field is expressed as a combination of all the fields involved as


This generalizes the previous result (21) for the case of one tensor multiplet. This is derived quite easily by first eliminating , which is done by combining the real parts, and using the fact that since the metric determining the kinetic terms of the tensor fields and the accompanying scalars has unit determinant. Now the ”Kähler” function , which describes the restriction of the complex fields on the branes, is given by


From this form the no-scale structure of the five-dimensional moduli, in the effective four-dimensional theory, is already recognized [8, 54]. The novel feature in this consideration, which has its root in the the six-dimensional origin of the model at hand, is that the effect of all moduli fields, stemming from the tensor multiplets, are combined in a particular way to be expressed in terms of the ”radion” component in the way displayed by eq. (29). This result could not have been anticipated.

5 The mediation of the supersymmetry breaking

From the discussion presented in previous chapters, concerning the mechanism of the sypersymmetry breaking, it is apparent that this can be transmitted to the observable fields on the visible brane via gravitational interactions through loops including the gravitino fields as well as fermions of other chiral multiplets as already outlined in section 1. Unlike the case, where only the radion and the gravity multiplet convey the message of the supersymmetry breaking, now due to the underlying structure of the higher dimensional supergravity we have more messengers participating, for each multiplet accommodating the scalars , but the qualitative features remain essentially the same. In the absence of supersymmetry breaking at the hidden brane, the gravitino is massless and no supersymmetry breaking terms are induced for the observable fields since bosonic and fermionic loops cancel each other due to supersymmetry. This states that only fermion loops need be considered, as will be explained later, in which the gravitino and other fermionic states, like the fermion of the radion multiplet, which acquire masses via the superHiggs effect, are exchanged.

The fermionic components can be grouped as four component symplectic Majorana Dirac spinors in the following way


where are the gravitinos with the flat indices taking values . The rest include proper linear combinations of the fermions belonging to the chiral multiplets which have as their scalar components. In the absence of any tensor multiplet, there are only two such fermionic states which are the fifth components of the two five-dimensional gravitinos, namely , which is , and the which is , forming a one Dirac state . In writing Eq. (31) we follow the convention where the upper components consist of even fields.

For the calculation of the induced soft masses, the pertinent interaction terms on the visible brane are


while for the calculation of the induced soft trilinear couplings the relevant terms are

666 Eq. (33) holds for the hidden brane, as well, with replaced by the hidden brane constant superpotential

The subscript in denotes ”visible” brane quantities. Note that there are no terms like (32) on the hidden brane since all observable fields are confined on the visible brane. Terms of the form (33) do exist on the hidden brane, with replaced by the hidden brane constant superpotential , which gives rise to fermion mass terms. However no fermion mass terms exist on the visible brane 777 All scalars have vanishing vev’s, even if Higgs fields are included, since there are no negative mass squared at this stage to drive electroweak symmetry breaking. Therefore . .

Before proceeding any further we should clarify our approach in order to find the loop contributions that are relevant for the mediation of the supersymmetry breaking. The only supersymmetry breaking terms in the Lagrangian are bilinear fermionic mass terms (33) residing on the hidden brane, sourced by the constant superpotential , which sets the order parameter of the supersymmetry breaking. Equivalently one can use the gravitino mass, instead of the parameter because they are proportional to one other [17]. It is evident from this that the brane to brane mediation of the supersymmetry breaking is implemented by fermion loops, since only fermions can carry the message of the supersymmetry breaking through their couplings with . In order to segregate the part of the fermionic contribution that breaks supersymmetry from the rest in what follows we shall treat the fermions as massless particles and their mass terms, which are proportional to the gravitino mass and are the only sources of the supersymmetry breaking, as vertices. In this way only fermionic loops involving these vertices as mass insertions yield contributions that break supersymmetry. Note that the mass insertions are located only on the hidden brane where supersymmetry breaking takes place. Other fermionic contributions do exist but they are supersymmetric in nature, not depending on the gravitino mass, , and hence not vanishing in the limit of going to zero. These latter contributions need not be calculated since they cancel against the corresponding bosonic loop contributions due to supersymmetry ( see for instance [25] ). Therefore the procedure we employ in the following picks up the supersymmetry breaking contributions which is our principal goal.

In (32) we tacitly assume that the Kähler function of the observable fields can be expanded as so that the first terms yield canonical kinetic terms for the scalar fields . With appearing in front of the interactions above the dimensionality of the fields is two, that is their mass dimension in the five-dimensional space-time, which implies their propagators are massless 888 In (32) and (33) we have reinstated dimensions by introducing the five-dimensional gravitational constant . The latter is related to the four-dimensional gravitational constant by , where is the volume of . Recall that with . . In (32, 33) the matrices and are combinations of gamma matrices and projection operators in general and depending on the case they carry indices labeling the fermions , see Eq. (31).

Since we are interested in fermion loops connecting the hidden to the visible brane, we need the propagators. These fermionic states are mixed in the kinetic and / or mass terms, however by a suitable gauge choice the disentangles from in the kinetic terms. Therefore we can calculate the gravitino and ’s massless propagators which are easy to find and treat the mass-mixing terms as insertions. That was also the treatment followed in [31, 32]. Then we use the Dirac and gravitino propagators in the mixed momentum-configuration space representation [56, 57, 21] which, suppressing indices, have the generic form , to be given below. In it label points along the fifth direction and is the four dimensional momentum. For the case of interest only propagations from one brane to the other and propagations on the same brane are encountered so can take values or . In this case the massless propagators get a rather simple form


In these are dimensionless constants and the function is given by


In (34) and are the the propagators of the gravitino and the fermions . Note that these carry zero dimensionality in conform with the fact that the fermions carry dimension two, as already discussed.

Figure 1: The mechanism of mediation of supersymmetry breaking from the hidden brane ( solid vertices on top ) to the visible brane ( crossed vertices at bottom ) via exchanges of fermions and gravitinos which are represented by solid lines. The dashed lines represent scalar particles living on the visible brane. A one-loop graph ( left pane ) and a two-loop graph ( right pane ), giving rise to a scalar mass, are displayed.

In figure 1 we give examples of mass corrections to the visible scalar fields. In this, lower vertices are on the visible brane and upper vertices are located on the hidden brane. The dashed lines represent scalar fields on the visible brane and the solid lines all possible fermion propagators that can be drawn. The vertices , stemming from the interaction (32), give rise to soft scalar masses squared. Similar graphs with replaced by the interaction (33) induce trilinear soft couplings. Allowing for gauge fields on the brane gaugino masses can arise in a similar manner. In that case gaugino fields can be also exchanged ( see [32]). From the one-loop graph on the left pane of 1 we have a contribution which, suppressing all indices, for simplicity, is given by


External momenta of the scalar fields have been put to zero. The graph on the right pane has a similar structure. In (36) denotes either a gravitino or a fermion propagators in all possible ways allowed by the interactions, and the mass terms are treated as insertions. For the graphs displayed in 1 the vertices are and as follows from (32) and (33). Thus up to a dimensionless constant (36) yields


In the first equation above and in the second equation we passed to Euclidean momenta. Also the integration in the variable yields where is the Riemann zeta function. In passing to the the last expression, we used the value of the lowest mode gravitino mass, , and a dimensionless coupling was defined by with the volume of the compactifying manifold . Then the soft mass squared above is of the form


where is a finite non-zero dimensionless constant of order unity. The two loop graph on the right pane of 1 can be handled in the same way. In this case we have an extra vertex an extra fermion propagator and a scalar propagator on the visible brane. Its contribution is