SO(10) symmetry breaking and type II seesaw formula

H. S. Goh, R. N. Mohapatra, S. Nasri

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A minimal SO(10) model with 126 Higgs field breaking [Formula Presented] symmetry has been shown recently to predict large solar and atmospheric mixings in agreement with observations if it is assumed that the neutrino mass follows from the triplet dominated type-II seesaw formula. No additional symmetries need to be assumed for this purpose. We discuss the conditions on the way SO(10) symmetry breaks down to the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) and the Higgs multiplets in the model, required for the triplet dominated type-II seesaw formula to hold. We find that (i) SO(10) must break to a nonminimal SU(5) before breaking to the standard model; (ii) [Formula Presented] symmetry must break at the time of SO(10) breaking and (iii) constraints of unification seem to require that the minimal model must have a 54 dimensional Higgs field together with a 210 and 126 to break the grand unified theory (GUT) symmetry.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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