- Standard Model (mathematical formulation)
:"For a basic description, see the article on the
This is a detailed description of the standard model (SM) of
particle physics. It describes how the leptons, quarks, gauge bosons and the Higgs particle fit together. It gives an outline of the main physics that the theory describes, and new directions in which it is moving.
It might be helpful to read this article along with the companion overview of the standard model.
A chiral gauge theory
This article uses the Dirac basis instead of the more appropriate Weyl basis for describing spinors. The Weyl basis is more convenient because there is no natural correspondence between the left handed and right handed fermion fields other than that generated dynamically through the Yukawa couplings after the Higgs field has acquired a vacuum expectation value (VEV).
The chirality projections of a Dirac field ψ are::“Left” chirality: ::“Right” chirality:
where is the the fifth gamma matrix.
These are needed because the SM is a chiral gauge theory, ie, the two helicities are treated differently.
Right handed singlets, left handed doublets
weak isospinSU(2) the left handed and right handed helicities have different charges. The left handed particles are weak-isospin doublets (2), whereas the right handed are singlets (1). The right handed neutrino does not exist in the standard model. (However, in some "extensions" of the standard model they do) The "up-type quarks" are charge 2/3 quarks: u, c, t. The charge -1/3 quarks (d, s, b) are called "down-type quarks". The charged leptons (e, μ, τ) are denoted by l, and their corresponding neutrinos by ν. The theory contains::the left handed doublet of quarks and leptons ::the right handed singlets of quarks and and the charged leptons . There is no right-handed neutrino in the SM. This is essentially by definition. When the Standard Model was written down, there was no evidence for neutrino mass. Now, however, a series of experimentsincluding Super-Kamiokandehave indicated that neutrinos indeed have a tiny mass. This fact can be simply accommodated in the Standard Model by adding a right-handed neutrino. This, however, is not strictly necessary. For example, the dimension 5 operator also leads to neutrino oscillations.
This pattern is replicated in the next generations. We introduce a generation label and write to denote the three generations of up-type quarks, and similarly for the down type quarks. The left handed quark doublet also carries a generation index, , as does the lepton doublet, .
What dictates this form of the weak isospin charges? The coupling of a right handed
neutrinoto matter in weak interactions was ruled out by experiment long ago. Benjamin Lee and J. Zinn-Justin, and Gerardus 't Hooftand Martinus Veltman in 1972 suggested the inclusion of left and right handed fields into the same multiplet. This possibility has been ruled out by experiment. This leaves the construction given above.
leptons, the gauge group can then be . The two U(1) factors can be combined into where is the lepton number. Gauging of the lepton number is ruled out by experiment, leaving only the possible gauge group . A similar argument in the quark sector also gives the same result for the electroweak theory. This form of the theory developed from a suggestion by Sheldon Glashow in 1961 and extended independently by Steven Weinbergand Abdus Salamin 1967 (and in rudimentary form by Julian Schwingerin 1957).
The gauge field part
The gauge group has already been described. Now one needs the fields. The non-Abelian gauge field strength tensor:in terms of the gauge field , where the subscript runs over spacetime dimensions (0 to 3) and the superscript over the elements of the
adjoint representationof the gauge group, and is the gauge coupling constant. The quantity is the structure constant of the gauge group, defined by the commutator . In an Abeliangroup, since the generators all commute with each other, the structure constants vanish, and the field tensor takes its usual Abelianform.
We need to introduce three gauge fields corresponding to each of the subgroups —
*The gluon field tensor will be denoted by , where the index labels elements of the 8 representation of colour SU(3). The strong coupling constant will be labelled or , the former where there is any ambiguity. The observations leading to the discovery of this part of the SM are discussed in the article in
*The notation will be used for the gauge field tensor of SU(2) where "a" runs over the "3" of this group. The coupling will always be denoted by . The gauge field will be denoted by .
*The gauge field tensor for the U(1) of
weak hyperchargewill be denoted by , the coupling by , and the gauge field by .
The gauge field Lagrangian
The gauge part of the electroweak
Lagrangianis:The standard model Lagrangian consists of another similar term constructed using the gluon field tensor.
The W, Z and photon
electric charge, weak isospinand weak hyperchargearerelated by:
The charged and neutral current couplings
The charged currents are::These charged currents are precisely those which entered the
Fermi theory of beta decay. The action contains the charge current piece::It will be discussed later in this article that the W boson becomes massive, and for energy much less than this mass, the effective theory becomes the current-current interaction of the Fermi theory.
However, gauge invariance now requires that the component of the gauge field also be coupled to a current which lies in the triplet of SU(2). However, this mixes with the U(1), and another current in that sector is needed. These currents must be uncharged in order to conserve charge. So we require the neutral currents::::The neutral current piece in the Lagrangian is then::There are no mass terms for the fermions. Everything else will come through the scalar (Higgs) sector.
Leptons carry no colour charge; quarks do. Moreover, the quarks have only vector couplings to the gluons, ie, the two helicities are treated on par in this part of the standard model. So the coupling term is given by::Here Ta stands for the generators of SU(3) colour. The mass term in QCD arises from interactions in the Higgs sector.
The Higgs field
One requires masses for the W, Z, quarks and leptons. Recent experiments have also shown that the
neutrinohas a mass. However, the details of the mechanism that give the neutrinos a mass are not yet clear. So this article deals with the "classic" version of the SM (circa 1990s, when neutrino masses could be neglected with impunity).
The Yukawa terms
Giving a mass to a Dirac field requires a term in the Lagrangian which couples the left and right helicities. A complex scalar doublet (charge 2) Higgs field, is introduced, which couples through the
Yukawa interaction::where are 3×3 matrices of Yukawa couplings, with the "ij" term giving the coupling of the generations "i" and "j".
The Higgs part of the Lagrangian is::where and , so that the mechanism of
spontaneous symmetry breakingcan be used.
In a unitarity gauge one can set and make real. Then is the non-vanishing
vacuum expectation valueof the Higgs field. Putting this into , a mass term for the fermions is obtained, with a mass matrix . From , quadratic terms in and arise, which give masses to the "W" and "Z" bosons::
Including neutrino mass
As mentioned earlier, in the SM "classic" there are no right handed neutrinos. The same mechanism as the quarks would then give masses to the electrons, but because of the missing right handed neutrino the neutrinos remain massless. Small changes can also accommodate massive neutrinos. Two approaches are possible—
*Add , and give a mass term as usual (this is called a Dirac mass)
*Write a Majorana mass term by combining with its complex conjugate:::
These alternatives can easily lead beyond the SM.
The GIM mechanism and the CKM matrix
The Yukawa couplings for the quarks are not required to have any particular symmetry, so they cannot be diagonalized by
unitary transformations. However, they can be diagonalized by separate unitary matrices acting on the two sides (this process is called a singular value decomposition). In other words one can find diagonal matrices:Using these matrices, one can define linear combinations of the quark fields used till now to get a definition of the quark fields in the mass basis. These are the quark flavours of quantum chromodynamics.
On making these transformations in the neutral current, one finds no mixing of flavours, provided there is a doublet of quarks in each generation. This cancellation of "
flavour changing neutral currents" is referred to as the Glashow-Iliopoulos-Maiani (GIM) mechanism. This mechanism was proposed before the charm quarkwas found, and therefore predicted this new flavour.
However, if these transformations are made in the charged current, then one finds that the current takes the form::This matrix "V" is called the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix. The matrix is usually not diagonal, and therefore causes mixing of the quark flavours. It also gives rise to
CP-violations in the SM.
*Overview of standard model of
Fermi theory of beta decayand electroweak theory
Strong interactions, flavour, quark modeland quantum chromodynamics
*For open questions, see quark matter, CP violation and neutrino masses
Beyond the Standard Model
References and external links
*"The quantum theory of fields" (vol 2), by S. Weinberg (Cambridge University Press, 1996) ISBN 0-521-55002-5.
*"Theory of elementary particles", by T.P. Cheng and L.F. Lee (Oxford University Press, 1982) ISBN 0-19-851961-3.
*"An introduction to quantum field theory", by M.E. Peskin and D.V. Schroeder (HarperCollins, 1995) ISBN 0-201-50397-2.
* [http://nuclear.ucdavis.edu/~tgutierr/files/stmL1.html PDF, PostScript, and LaTeX version of the Standard Model Lagrangian with explicit Higgs terms]
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