TY - JOUR

T1 - Supersymmetry breaking by higher dimension operators

AU - Farakos, Fotis

AU - Ferrara, Sergio

AU - Kehagias, Alex

AU - Porrati, Massimo

N1 - Funding Information:
We would like to thank Ignatios Antoniadis for discussions. This research was implemented under the “ARISTEIA” Action of the “Operational Programme Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and National Resources. It is partially supported by European Unionʼs Seventh Framework Programme ( FP7/2007–2013 ) under REA Grant agreement n. 329083 . S.F. is supported by ERC Advanced Investigator Grant n. 226455 Supersymmetry, Quantum Gravity and Gauge Fields (Superfields). M.P. is supported in part by NSF Grants PHY-0758032 and PHY-131645 . M.P. would like to thank CERN for its kind hospitality and the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant n. 226455 for support while at CERN.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - We discuss a supersymmetry breaking mechanism for N=1 theories triggered by higher dimensional operators. We consider such operators for real linear and chiral spinor superfields that break supersymmetry and reduce to the Volkov-Akulov action. We also consider supersymmetry breaking induced by a higher dimensional operator of a nonminimal scalar (complex linear) multiplet. The latter differs from the standard chiral multiplet in its auxiliary sector, which contains, in addition to the complex scalar auxiliary of a chiral superfield, a complex vector and two spinors auxiliaries. By adding an appropriate higher dimension operator, the scalar auxiliary may acquire a nonzero vev triggering spontaneous supersymmetry breaking. We find that the spectrum of the theory in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum consists of a free chiral multiplet and a constraint chiral superfield describing the goldstino. Interestingly, the latter turns out to be one of the auxiliary fermions, which becomes dynamical in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum. In all cases we are considering here, there is no sgoldstino mode and thus the goldstino does not have a superpartner. The sgoldstino is decoupled since the goldstino is one of the auxiliaries, which is propagating only in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum. We also point out how higher dimension operators introduce a potential for the propagating scalar of the theory.

AB - We discuss a supersymmetry breaking mechanism for N=1 theories triggered by higher dimensional operators. We consider such operators for real linear and chiral spinor superfields that break supersymmetry and reduce to the Volkov-Akulov action. We also consider supersymmetry breaking induced by a higher dimensional operator of a nonminimal scalar (complex linear) multiplet. The latter differs from the standard chiral multiplet in its auxiliary sector, which contains, in addition to the complex scalar auxiliary of a chiral superfield, a complex vector and two spinors auxiliaries. By adding an appropriate higher dimension operator, the scalar auxiliary may acquire a nonzero vev triggering spontaneous supersymmetry breaking. We find that the spectrum of the theory in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum consists of a free chiral multiplet and a constraint chiral superfield describing the goldstino. Interestingly, the latter turns out to be one of the auxiliary fermions, which becomes dynamical in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum. In all cases we are considering here, there is no sgoldstino mode and thus the goldstino does not have a superpartner. The sgoldstino is decoupled since the goldstino is one of the auxiliaries, which is propagating only in the supersymmetry breaking vacuum. We also point out how higher dimension operators introduce a potential for the propagating scalar of the theory.

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U2 - 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2013.12.016

DO - 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2013.12.016

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84892493341

VL - 879

SP - 348

EP - 369

JO - Nuclear Physics B

JF - Nuclear Physics B

SN - 0550-3213

IS - 1

ER -