Marginal breaking of conformal SUSY QCD

  • Kevin F. Cleary
  • John Terning
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We provide an example of a 4D theory that exhibits the Contino-Pomarol-Rattazzi mechanism, where breaking conformal symmetry by an almost marginal operator leads to a light pseudo-Goldstone boson, the dilaton, and a parametrically suppressed contribution to vacuum energy. We consider SUSY QCD at the edge of the conformal window and break conformal symmetry by weakly gauging a subgroup of the flavor symmetry. Using Seiberg duality we show that for a range of parameters the singlet meson in the dual theory reaches the unitarity bound, however, this theory does not have a stable vacuum. We stabilize the vacuum with soft breaking terms, compute the mass of the dilaton, and determine the range of parameters where the leading contribution to the dilaton mass is from the almost marginal coupling.


Conformal and W Symmetry Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Supersymmetry and Duality 


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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisU.S.A.

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