On E 8 and F-theory GUTs

Florent Baume, Eran Palti, Sebastian Schwieger

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Abstract: We study correlations between the massless field spectra of F-theory fibrations supporting an SU(5) gauge symmetry extended by Abelian symmetries and the spectra that arise from the group E8. The adjoint representation of E8 leads to six different classes of matter spectra upon Higgsing E8 to SU(5)×U(1)n. Of 27 different smooth F-theory elliptic fibrations constructed in the literature, satisfying certain genericness and flatness criteria, the matter spectrum of only one can be embedded in these six theories, thereby apparently ruling out any connection. We define an extension of the spectrum arising from the adjoint of E8 by introducing new SU(5)-singlet fields with Abelian charges such that there exists a cubic gauge invariant coupling between any three representations. Higgsing by these new singlets leads to a further 20 classes of spectra, and we find that all the F-theory fibrations can then be embedded in this extended set. These results show that E8, when extended in this specific way, may still have a role to play in controlling the possible matter spectra in F-theory. We give an explicit geometric example of the presence of the extending singlets and their Higgsing. We discuss some phenomenological applications of the new set of theories, in particular due to the existence of a ℤ2 matter parity. Finally we make some comments on the Heterotic duals of the F-theory fibrations which extend E8 in this way.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number39
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 9 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • F-Theory
  • GUT
  • String Duality

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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