Quark-Lepton Unification and Proton Decay

  • Jogesh C. Pati
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 7)


Complexions for proton decay arising within a maximal symmetry for quark-lepton unification, which leads to spontaneous rather than intrinsic violations of B, L and F, are considered. Four major modes satisfying ΔB = -1 and ΔF = 0, -2, -4 and -6 are noted. It is stressed that some of these modes can coexist in accord with allowed solutions for renormalization group equations for coupling constants of a class of unifying symmetries. None of these remarks is dependent on the nature of the quark charges. It is noted that if quarks and leptons are made of constituent preons, the preon binding is likely to be magnetic.


Lepton Number Proton Decay Renormalization Group Equation Higgs Field Fermion Number 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jogesh C. Pati
    • 1
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  1. 1.International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MarylandCollege Park, MarylandUSA

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