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Hypercharge Quantisation and Fermat's Last Theorem
by Nakarin Lohitsiri, David Tong
- Published as SciPost Phys. 8, 009 (2020)
|As Contributors:||David Tong|
|Submitted by:||Tong, David|
|Submitted to:||SciPost Physics|
|Subject area:||Quantum Physics|
What values of the Standard Model hypercharges result in a mathematically consistent quantum field theory? We show that the constraints imposed by the lack of gauge anomalies can be recast as the equation x^3 + y^3 = z^3. If hypercharge is quantised, then x, y and z must be integers. The trivial (and only) solutions, with x=0 or y=0, reproduce the hypercharge assignments seen in Nature. This argument does not rely on the mixed gauge-gravitational anomaly, which is automatically vanishing if hypercharge is quantised and the gauge anomalies vanish.
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Published as SciPost Phys. 8, 009 (2020)
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Added several new references as requested in the first report.
Added an extra, final paragraph discussing the right-handed neutrino, as requested in the second report.