Sequestered de Sitter string scenarios: soft-terms

Luis Aparicio, Michele Cicoli, Sven Krippendorf, Anshuman Maharana, Francesco Muia, Fernando Quevedo

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Abstract: We analyse soft supersymmetry breaking in type IIB de Sitter string vacua after moduli stabilisation, focussing on models in which the Standard Model is sequestered from the supersymmetry breaking sources and the spectrum of soft-terms is hierarchically smaller than the gravitino mass m3/2. Due to this feature, these models are compatible with gauge coupling unification and TeV scale supersymmetry with no cosmological moduli problem. We determine the influence on soft-terms of concrete realisations of de Sitter vacua constructed from supersymmetric effective actions. One of these scenarios provides the first study of soft-terms for consistent string models embedded in a compact Calabi-Yau manifold with all moduli stabilised. Depending on the moduli dependence of the Kähler metric for matter fields and on the mechanism responsible to obtain a de Sitter vacuum, we find two scenarios for phenomenology: (i) a split-supersymmetry scenario where gaugino masses are suppressed with respect to scalar masses: M1/2 ∼ m3/2ϵ ≪ m0 ∼ m3/2ϵ ≪ m3/2 for ϵ ∼ m3/2/MP ≪ 1; (ii) a typical MSSM scenario where all soft-terms are of the same order: M1/2 ∼ m0 ∼ m3/2ϵ ≪ m3/2. Background fluxes determine the numerical coefficients of the soft-terms allowing for small variations of parameters as is necessary to confront data and to interpolate between different scenarios. We comment on different stringy origins of the μ-term and potential sources of desequestering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number71
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Strings and branes phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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