TY - JOUR

T1 - Do cosmic strings determine the number of generations?

AU - Koca, Mehmet

PY - 1991/11/21

Y1 - 1991/11/21

N2 - What distinguishes the generations above the electroweak scale? We propose a model where three families of leptons and the electroweak bosons are assigned to the irreducible representations of the local binary tetrahedral group of order 24, a discrete subgroup of SU (2), and the local discrete symmetry Z3. The scattering cross sections of leptons off the cosmic strings associated with the elements of the local discrete symmetry distinguish the members of the lepton families. The possible relevance of the cosmic strings to E8 unification and the families of quarks are discussed.

AB - What distinguishes the generations above the electroweak scale? We propose a model where three families of leptons and the electroweak bosons are assigned to the irreducible representations of the local binary tetrahedral group of order 24, a discrete subgroup of SU (2), and the local discrete symmetry Z3. The scattering cross sections of leptons off the cosmic strings associated with the elements of the local discrete symmetry distinguish the members of the lepton families. The possible relevance of the cosmic strings to E8 unification and the families of quarks are discussed.

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U2 - 10.1016/0370-2693(91)90104-X

DO - 10.1016/0370-2693(91)90104-X

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0039749892

VL - 271

SP - 377

EP - 382

JO - Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics

JF - Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics

SN - 0370-2693

IS - 3-4

ER -