A broken gauge approach to gravitational mass and charge

Dereli, Tekin and Tucker, Robin W. (2002) A broken gauge approach to gravitational mass and charge. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2002 (3).

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We argue that a spontaneous breakdown of local Weyl invariance offers a mechanism in which gravitational interactions contribute to the generation of particle masses and their electric charge. The theory is formulated in terms of a spacetime geometry whose natural connection has both dynamic torsion and non-metricity. Its structure illuminates the role of dynamic scales used to determine measurable aspects of particle interactions and it predicts an additional neutral vector boson with electroweak properties.

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Journal of High Energy Physics
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Symmetry breaking forms a cornerstone in the phenomenology of fundamental particle interactions. It was shown here for the first time that certain quanta can acquire gravitational mass by a breakdown of spacetime conformal symmetry, thereby releasing the role of the Higgs effect from purely ""internal"" symmetries. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Physics
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