The point of E 8 in F-theory GUTs

  • Jonathan J. Heckman
  • Alireza Tavanfar
  • Cumrun Vafa


We show that in F-theory GUTs, a natural explanation of flavor hierarchies in the quark and lepton sector requires a single point of E 8 enhancement in the internal geometry, from which all Yukawa couplings originate. The monodromy group acting on the seven-brane configuration plays a key role in this analysis. Moreover, the E 8 structure automatically leads to the existence of the additional fields and interactions needed for minimal gauge mediated supersymmetry breaking, and almost nothing else. Surprisingly, we find that in all but one Dirac neutrino scenario the messenger fields in the gauge mediated supersymmetry breaking sector transform as vector-like pairs in the \( 10 \oplus \overline {10} \) of SU(5). We also classify dark matter candidates available from this enhancement point, and rule out both annihilating and decaying dark matter scenarios as explanations for the recent experiments PAMELA, ATIC and FERMI. In F-theory GUT models, a 10–100 MeV mass gravitino remains as the prime candidate for dark matter, thus suggesting an astrophysical origin for recent experimental signals.


Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM F-Theory Intersecting branes models GUT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan J. Heckman
    • 1
  • Alireza Tavanfar
    • 1
  • Cumrun Vafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeU.S.A.

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