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A Broken Gauge Approach to Gravitational Mass and Charge.

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Journal publication date19/03/2002
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Pages041 1-18
Original languageEnglish


We argue that a spontaneous breakdown of local Weyl invariance offers a mechanism in which gravitational interactions contribute to the generation of particle masses and their electric charge. The theory is formulated in terms of a spacetime geometry whose natural connection has both dynamic torsion and non-metricity. Its structure illuminates the role of dynamic scales used to determine measurable aspects of particle interactions and it predicts an additional neutral vector boson with electroweak properties.

Bibliographic note

Symmetry breaking forms a cornerstone in the phenomenology of fundamental particle interactions. It was shown here for the first time that certain quanta can acquire gravitational mass by a breakdown of spacetime conformal symmetry, thereby releasing the role of the Higgs effect from purely ""internal"" symmetries. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Physics