Goldberger, Walter D. (2001) Brane models and the hierarchy problem. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:06242010-150733171
It has been recently proposed that higher-dimensional field theory models in the presence of extended defects ("branes") may play a role in addressing the gauge hierarchy problem. In this thesis we consider several aspects of such field theories. First we perform the Kaluza-Klein reduction of a bulk scalar field propagating in the scenario of Randall and Sundrum, which consists of a region of five-dimensional anti-deSitter space bounded by two three-branes. We then propose a simple mechanism, based on the dynamics of a bulk scalar field, for stabilizing the modulus field (the "radion") corresponding to the size of the compact dimension in the Randall-Sundrum scenario. Some implications of this stabilization mechanism for low-energy phenomenology are described. Next, we investigate the one-loop quantum corrections to the radion effective potential. We show that for large brane separation, the quantum effects are power suppressed and therefore have a negligible effect on the bulk dynamics once a classical stabilization mechanism is in place. Finally, we study the ultraviolet divergence structure of field theory in the presence of branes and find that brane-localized divergences arise both at the classical and quantum level. We show how to interpret the classical divergences by the usual regularization and renormalization procedure of quantum field theory.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy|
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|Defense Date:||15 May 2001|
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|Deposited By:||Dan Anguka|
|Deposited On:||25 Jun 2010 15:42|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 04:29|
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