Date Thesis Awarded

5-2008

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Christopher D. Carone

Committee Member

Joshua Erlich

Committee Member

Marc Sher

Committee Member

Nahum Zobin

Abstract

The minimal SU(3) model for electroweak unification has been proposed and analyzed in the literature. The main attraction of this model is its prediction of the weak mixing angle which holds approximately at 4 TeV. In this project we are interested in developing an extension to the minimal SU(3) model, by embedding it in the exceptional Lie group G2. We begin by deriving various group theoretic properties and structures related to the group G2 and its Lie algebra. We focus on aspects that could be useful for particle physics and extensions to the Standard Model. We discuss the minimal SU(3) model in detail, and produce two extensions to it. Finally, we obtain constraints to the new physics from these models based on precision electroweak data.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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