, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 249-267
Date: 25 Oct 2008

From strings to the MSSM

Abstract

We review recent progress in embedding the supersymmetric standard model into string theory. We discuss how, with the incorporation of certain aspects of grand unification, a search strategy can be developed that allows one to efficiently find rather large numbers of promising string vacua. Global string-derived models with the following features are discussed: (i) exact MSSM spectrum below the unification scale; (ii) R-parity; (iii) hierarchical Yukawa couplings with non-trivial mixing; (iv) solution to the μ problem; (v) see-saw suppressed neutrino masses.