Suggested new modes in supersymmetric proton decay

K. S. Babu, Jogesh C. Pati, Frank Wilczek

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We show that in supersymmetric unified theories such as SO(10), implementation of the see-saw mechanism for neutrino masses introduces a new set of color triplet fields and thereby a new source of d = 5 proton decay operators. For neutrino masses in a plausible range, these operators are found to have the right strength to yield observable, but not yet excluded, proton decay rates. The flavor structure of the new operators is distinctive. Proton decay modes into a charged lepton, such as ℓ+ π0, ℓ+ K0 and ℓ+ η where ℓ = e or μ, can become prominent, even for low or moderate values of tan β ≤ 10, along with the v̄K+ and v̄π+ modes. A distinctive feature is the charged lepton modes involving an e+ and/or a μ+ with the ratio ς(ℓ+K0):Γ(ℓ+π0) ≃ 2:1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-347
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 26 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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