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November 8, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics & Astronomy Department - Liberal Arts and Sciences #312 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Speaker: Prof. Jure Zupan

Affiliation: University of Cincinnati

Abstract: We introduce two anomaly free versions of Froggatt-Nielsen (FN) models, based on either G_FN=U(1)^3 or G_FN}=U(1) horizontal symmetries, that generate the SM quark and lepton flavor structures. The structure of these ``inverted'' FN models is motivated by the clockwork mechanism: the chiral fields, singlets under G_FN, are supplemented by chains of vector-like fermions charged under G_FN. Unlike the traditional FN models the hierarchy of quark and lepton masses is obtained as an expansion in M/phi, where M is the typical vector-like fermion mass, and phi the flavon vacuum expectation value. The models can be searched for through deviations in flavor observables such as K-Kbar mixing, mu to e conversion, etc., where the present bounds restrict the masses of vector-like fermions to be above O(10^7 GeV). If G_FN is gauged, the models can also be probed by searching for the flavorful Z' gauge bosons. In principle, the Z's can be very light, and can be searched for using precision flavor, astrophysics, and beam dump experiments.

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