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Title:Scale of Fermion Mass Generation
Author(s):Niczyporuk, Janusz Michael
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Willenbrock, S.
Department / Program:Physics
Discipline:Physics
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):fermion mass generation
electroweak symmetry breaking
dirac fermions
Abstract:U nitarity of longitudinal weak vector boson scattering implies an upper bound on the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking, ΛEWSB = Sqr Rt(8πυ) ~ 1 TeV. Appelquist and Chanowitz have derived an analogous upper bound on the scale of fermion mass generation, proportional to v2/mj, by considering the scattering of same-helicity fermions into pairs of longitudinal weak vector bosons in a theory without a standard Higgs boson. We show that there is no upper bound, beyond that on the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking, in such a theory. This result is obtained by considering the same process, but with a large number of longitudinal weak vector bosons in the final state. We further argue that there is no scale of (Dirac) fermion mass generation in the standard model. In contrast, there is an upper bound on the scale of Majorana-neutrino mass generation, given by AMaj - 47rv2 /mv. In general, the upper bound on the scale of fermion mass generation depends on the dimensionality of the interaction responsible for generating the fermion mass. We explore the scale of fermion mass generation in a variety of excursions from the standard model: models with fermions in nonstandard representations, a theory with higher-dimension interactions, a two-Riggs-doublet model, and models without a Higgs boson.
Issue Date:2002
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/31345
Other Identifier(s):4591816
Rights Information:©2002 Niczyporuk
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-06-05


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