Conformal matter in warped backgrounds

Ralf Hofmann, Maxim Pospelov

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Warped backgrounds in five-dimensional models can provide solutions to various hierarchy problems in particle physics if the Standard Model matter is associated with the zero modes of bulk fields with non-trivial profiles along the extra dimension. We investigate the case of a conformally coupled massless scalar. This field possesses a zero mode whose action density is exponentially enhanced along the transverse direction in a warped background, i.e., near the negative tension brane in the RS setting. At the zero mode level effective 5D composites of this scalar and its derivatives, which are suppressed by powers of the fundamental gravitational scale, yield 4D interactions of electroweak strength. This suggests a certain importance of conformally coupled scalar fields for extra-dimensional model building.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 20 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
One of us (R.H.) would like to thank N. Tetradis for a stimulating conversation and Z. Tavartkiladze for various discussions. M.P. is partly supported by the NSERC of Canada and PPARC of the UK.

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