Symmetry Breaking in Six Dimensional Flux Compactification Scenarios
Symmetry Breaking in Six Dimensional Flux Compactification Scenarios
Departamento de Fisica Teorica y IFT, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Motivated by the electroweak hierarchy problem, we consider theories with two extra dimensions in which the fourdimensional scalar fields are components of gauge boson in full space, namely the GaugeHiggs unification framework. We briefly explain the basics features of ”flux compactification”, i.e. compactification in presence of a background (magnetic) flux. In particular we recall how chirality and symmetry breaking can be obtained in this context. More in details, we find and catalogue all possible degenerate zeroenergy stable configurations in the case of trivial or nontrivial ’t Hooft flux, for a SU(N) gauge theory on a torus. We describe the residual symmetries of each vacua and the fourdimensional effective spectrum in terms of continuous and discrete parameters, respectively.
1 Introduction
All available data agree in indicating that the mass of the Higgs boson is of the order of the Electroweak scale, GeV. Such a mass is unnaturally light if there is new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM) to which the Higgs boson is sensitive. In fact the Higgs mass parameter is not protected by any symmetry and thus gets corrections which are quadratically dependent on possible higher scales, like the unification scale or, ultimately, the Planck scale .
Three different mechanisms have been devised in order to eliminate the quadratic sensitivity of the Higgs mass to the cutoff scale:

Supersymmetry: bosonic and fermionic contributions to the quadratic divergences cancel each other in such a way that the Higgs mass remains affected only by a logarithmic sensitivity to the cutoff scale;

Technicolor and Little Higgs: the Higgs is a Goldstone boson of a global custodial symmetry that it is only softly (spontaneously) broken;

GaugeHiggs Unification: the Higgs is a component of a higher dimensional gauge multiplet. The lightness of its mass is protected by the gauge symmetry itself.
Independently of the precise nature assumed for the Higgs field, all these proposals require, in one way or another, the appearance of new physics at about the TeV scale. While the first two approaches are being intensely studied, in practice they tend to be afflicted by rather severe finetuning requirements when confronted with present experimental data. Here, instead, we concentrate on the last and less explored possibility: GaugeHiggs unification . The idea is that a single higher dimensional gauge field gives rise to all the fourdimensional () bosonic degrees of freedom: the gauge bosons, from the ordinary spacetime components and the scalar bosons (and the Higgs fields among them) from the extra ones. The essential point concerning the solution of the hierarchy problem is that, although the higher dimensional gauge symmetry is globally broken by the compactification procedure, however it always remains locally unbroken. Any local (sensitive to the UV physics) mass term for the scalars is then forbidden by the gauge symmetry and the Higgs mass would then only have a nonlocal and UV finite origin.
This idea has been widely investigated in the context of five and sixdimensional orbifold compactification . From the field theory point of view, a different and less explored possibility is to recover the idea of GaugeHiggs unification in the context of flux compactification: compactification of the extra spacelike dimensions on a manifold in which there exist a (gauge) background with a nontrivial field strength, compatible with ScherkSchwarz periodicity conditions . We’ll review in the following the basic idea of five– and sixdimensional SS compactifications.
2 ScherkSchwarz mechanism in five and sixdimensional compactifications
Let’s consider a gauge theory on a ()dimensional spacetime ^{a}^{a}a Throughout the paper, with and we will denote the fourordinary and extra coordinates, respectively. Latin upper case indices will run over all the extradimensional space, whereas greek and latin lower case indices and will run over the four ordinary and the extradimensions, respectively. where the extra dimensions are compactified on an orthogonal dimensional torus . To completely define a field theory on a torus one has to specify the periodicity conditions: that is, to describe how the fields transform under the fundamental shifts , with being the lengths of the noncontractile cycles of the torus. Let’s denote with the embeddings of these shifts in the fundamental representation of . If we want to preserve fourdimensional Poincaré invariance, the twists must depend only on the extradimensional coordinates. The most general periodicity conditions for the gauge field and for a generic field in the fundamental representation of , read respectively:
(1)  
(2) 
These equations are derived from the fact that while individual (gauge or matter) fields may not be singlevalued on the torus, any physical scalar quantity, like the Lagrangian, must be. The periodicity conditions in Eqs. (1,2) are usually referred as ScherkSchwarz (SS) boundary conditions . Let’s describe in more details the five and six dimensional compactification procedure in presence of general SS boundary conditions.
2.1 ScherkSchwarz mechanism in fivedimensions
In the case of a fivedimensional theory compactified on a circle one has to define a single twist matrix . No restrictions have to be imposed on except that it belongs to the gauge group ^{b}^{b}bThe case of external automorphisms is not considered here. See for example . The twist matrix can be, locally, decomposed as the product of an element and an element as follows:
(3) 
It is always possible to choose a gauge, called the symmetric gauge , in which the vacuum configurations are trivial and the twist matrix is constant and can be parametrized as:
(4) 
where are the generators of the Cartan subalgebra of and are real continuous parameters . These parameters are nonintegrable phases, which arise only in a topologically nontrivial space and cannot be gaugedaway. When all the are vanishing the periodicity conditions are trivial and consequently the initial symmetry is unbroken. If, instead, some of the are nonvanishing, then symmetry breaking can occur. This mechanism is known as the ScherkSchwarz mechanism .
In order to give an explicit expression for the gauge masses, one introduces the CartanWeyl basis for the generators. In addition to the Cartan subalgebra generators, , one defines non diagonal generators, such that the following commutation relations are satisfied:
(5) 
In this basis, the twist acts in a diagonal way, that is
(6) 
and the fourdimensional mass spectrum reads simply:
(7) 
For field components associated to a generator belonging to the Cartan subalgebra, , one has and the spectrum reduce to the ordinary KaluzaKlein (KK) one. For field components associated to the nondiagonal generators, , one has, instead, and the mass spectrum is consequently shifted by a factor proportional to the nonintegrable phases . When all the , then only the gauge field components associated to the generators of the Cartan subalgebra are massless. Therefore, the symmetry breaking induced by the twists, , does not lower the rank of . The maximal symmetry breaking pattern that can be achieved for an symmetry group is given by:
(8) 
ScherkSchwarz symmetry breaking mechanism can be used to break both global (flavour symmetries, supersymmetry) or local symmetries. In the case of gauge symmetry breaking the SS phase, , can be interpret as the vev of the extradimensional component of the gauge fields, . At classical level the scalar potential is flat and consequently the phases are undetermined. Their values must be dynamically determined at the quantum level minimizing the oneloop effective potential. If, at the minimum, any of the is nonvanishing then the gauge symmetry is spontaneously broken. This dynamical and spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism is conventionally known as the Hosotani mechanism. At the same time, the extradimensional component of the gauge field, , is a scalar field that can be identified with the Higgs field and that acquires a finite mass term. The nonlocal nature of this symmetry breaking protects the theory from ultraviolet divergences and makes it a promising candidate mechanism to break the electroweak symmetry and to provide an Higgs field free from quadratic divergences.
2.2 ScherkSchwarz mechanism in sixdimensions
In the case of a sixdimensional theory compactified on a torus , one can introduce a different twist, , along each of the two independent cycles. The twists cannot be chosen arbitrarily but they have to satisfy the following ’t Hooft consistency condition :
(9) 
This condition is obtained imposing that (for any fields included in the theory) the value of the field at the final point , starting from the initial point has to be independent on the followed paths.
The twist matrices can be, locally, decomposed as the product of an element and an element as follows:
(10) 
Using this parametrization, the consistency conditions in Eq. (9) can be splitted into the and part, respectively:
(11)  
(12) 
with . The consistency condition, Eq. (11), tells us that the twists, must commute, on the fundamental plaquette, modulo a phase factor belonging to the center of . The integer (modulo N) is a gauge invariant quantity called the nonabelian ’t Hooft flux . Furthermore, Eq. (12) tells us that it must coincide with the value of a quantized abelian magnetic flux living on the torus or, in other words, with the first Chern class of on .
It is well known, that the presence of a stable magnetic background, associated with the abelian subgroup and living only on the two extra dimensions, can induce chirality in fourdimensions. A nonvanishing value of the ’t Hooft flux is indeed necessary for having fourdimensional chiral matter fields. A general description of fermions and chirality in the context of 6D theories compactified on a twodimensional torus can be found in .
From the other side, from Eqs. (11,12) it appears evident that the presence of the quantized abelian magnetic flux deeply affects the nonabelian subgroup , giving rise to a nontrivial ’t Hooft nonabelian flux. While the symmetry breaking pattern for a theory in presence of trivial nonabelian ’t Hooft flux () is wellknown in the literature , the field theory and phenomenological analysis of the nontrivial () ’t Hooft flux has been explored only recently, in . Here, it has been shown that exists a gauge, denominated, as the five dimensional case, the symmetric gauge, in which the twists can always be chosen as constant, i.e. , with constant matrices satisfying the ’t Hooft consistency conditions:
(13) 
In the symmetric gauge, the vacuum configurations are trivial and therefore the residual symmetries of each classical vacua are those associated to the generators which commute simultaneously with and . The number of classical vacua and the pattern of symmetry breaking depend on the values of and they will be analyzed in the following section.
3 Symmetry Breaking: trivial vs nontrivial ’t Hooft flux
The main purpose this section is to find and classify all possible vacua and to describe the residual symmetries for an effective fourdimensional theory obtained from a gauge theory on a sixdimensional spacetime where the two extra dimensions are compactified on a torus, for both the cases of trivial and nontrivial ’t Hooft nonabelian flux.
3.1 Trivial ’t Hooft flux:
In the case, Eq. (13) tell us that the two matrices commute and consequently can be parametrized as:
(14) 
with the generators of the Cartan subalgebra of . The periodicity conditions, and consequently the classical vacua, are now characterized by real continuous parameters, . As in the fivedimensional case these parameters are nonintegrable phases, which arise only in a topologically nontrivial space and cannot be gaugedaway. When all the are vanishing the initial symmetry is unbroken. At classical level are undetermined. Their values must be dynamically determined at the quantum level where the rankpreserving Hosotani symmetry breaking mechanism can occur.
The mass spectrum of the fourdimensional gauge and scalar components of the 6D gauge field follows straightfully the fivedimensional discussion. In the CartanWeyl basis Eq. 5, the twists act in a diagonal way, that is
(15) 
and the fourdimensional mass spectrum for gauge/scalar fields reads:
(16) 
This is the same kind of spectrum seen previously in the fivedimensional case. For gauge (scalar) field components associated to a generator belonging to the Cartan subalgebra, , the spectrum reduce to the ordinary KaluzaKlein (KK) one. For gauge (scalar) field components associated to the nondiagonal generators, , the mass spectrum is consequently shifted by a factor proportional to the nonintegrable phases . Therefore, the symmetry breaking induced by the commuting twists, , does not lower the rank of .
One can easily generalize these results to the case adding an extra diagonal generator, . Obviously commute with all the twists and consequently always remains unbroken. The maximal symmetry breaking pattern that can be achieved in the case, for an gauge theory is given by:
(17) 
This symmetry breaking mechanism is exactly the same Hosotani mechanism one is used to in a fivedimensional framework.
3.2 Nontrivial ’t Hooft flux:
In the case, the twists don’t commute between themselves and so necessarily they induce a rankreducing symmetry breaking . The most general solution of the consistency relation Eq. (13) can be parametrized as follows:
(18) 
are integers parameters taking values between (modulo ) and satisfying the following constraint:
(19) 
and are constant matrices given by
(20) 
where and . and are matrices defined as
(21) 
and satisfying the conditions
(22) 
When , then and , reduce to the usual elementary twist matrices defined by ’t Hooft in .
The matrices are constant elements of . They commute between themselves and with and . Therefore can be parametrized in terms of generators belonging to the Cartan subalgebra of :
(23) 
Here are real continuous parameters, . As in the case, they are nonintegrable phases and their values must be dynamically determined at the quantum level producing a dynamical and spontaneous symmetry breaking.
The fourdimensional mass spectrum is easily obtained using the following basis for the generators
(24) 
where are integers assuming values between while the indices take values between , excluding the case in which takes values between . The matrices and are and matrices, respectively, defined as:
(25) 
The definition of comes straightforwardly.
In this basis, the generators that commute with and are simply given by . In particular, the generators belonging to the Cartan subalgebra of are given by . The following commutation relations are satisfied:
The action of the twists on this basis is given by
(26) 
and the fourdimensional mass spectrum takes the following form:
(27) 
with . Therefore, beside the usual KK mass term, there are other two additional contributions. The first one, quantized in terms of , is a consequence of the nontrivial commutation rule of Eq. (22) between and that induces the symmetry breaking. Since cannot be simultaneously zero, the spectrum described by Eq. (27) always exhibits some (treelevel) degree of symmetry breaking. Given a set of and for all the (that is ), only the gauge bosons components associated to , the generators of , admit zero modes. This is an explicit breaking. The second contribution to the gauge mass comes from the and it depends on the continuous parameters . For and all the nonintegrable phases , the only massless modes correspond to the gauge bosons associated to the Cartan subalgebra of , i.e. . The symmetry breaking pattern induced by the produce a Hosotani symmetry breaking that does not lower the rank of .
The maximal symmetry breaking pattern that can be achieved for an gauge theory with matter fields in the fundamental is, in the case, given by:
(28) 
Obviously, when the subgroup is completely broken, the only unbroken symmetry being the . This symmetry breaking pattern has no analogous in 5dimensional frameworks and it’s peculiar of higher dimensional models where (topological) fluxes can appear.
As a final comment on the spectrum, notice that in both the cases of trivial and nontrivial ’t Hooft flux, the classical effective fourdimensional spectrum depends on the gauge indices but it does not depend on the Lorentz ones. This implies that at the classical level the 4D scalar fields , arising from the extracomponents of a sixdimensional gauge fields, are expected to be degenerate with the 4D gauge fields with the same gauge quantum numbers. This degeneracy is always removed at the quantum level .
4 Conclusions
In this paper we have analyzed possible symmetry breaking mechanism in the context of GaugeHiggs unification scenario. The introduction of general fivedimensional SS boundary conditions can drive a 4D gauge symmetry breaking through the dynamical mechanism, conventionally known as Hosotani mechanism. Oneloop contributions to the scalar sector can shift the minimum of the effective potential and generate a nonvanishing vev for the Higgs field. This symmetry breaking is spontaneous and rank preserving.
In six dimensions, SS boundary conditions have to satisfy a consistency condition. We discussed in details the case where a novel ingredient appears: the nonabelian ’t Hooft flux. This flux is a topological quantity intimately connected with the U(1) (quantized) magnetic flux. In the case of trivial () ’t Hooft flux the gauge symmetry breaking obtained thought SS boundary condition is the usual rank preserving Hosotani mechanism. In the case of nontrivial () ’t Hooft flux one can have, instead, two simultaneous symmetry breaking mechanism. A explicit, rank reducing, symmetry breaking associated to the noncommutativity of the twists leading to the breaking. On top of that, for , the residual symmetry group can be further reduced through a spontaneous, rank preserving, Hosotani mechanism.
The simultaneous presence of rank preserving and rank reducing symmetry breaking mechanism makes the nontrivial ’t Hooft flux case particularly interesting from a model building point of view.
Acknowledgments
We acknowledge E. Alvarez, A. Faedo, B. Gavela and D. Hernandez for useful discussions The work of S. Rigolin and M. Salvatori was partially supported by CICYT through the project FPA200304597 and by CAM through the project HEPHACOS, PESP00346. M. Salvatori also acknowledges MECD for financial support through FPU fellowship AP20031540.
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