From strings to the MSSM
Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Nussallee 12, 53115, Bonn, Germany
2 Physik Department T30, Technische Universität München, James-Franck-Strasse, 85748, Garching, Germany
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Published online: 25 October 2008
We review recent progress in embedding the supersymmetric standard model into string theory. We discuss how, with the incorporation of certain aspects of grand unification, a search strategy can be developed that allows one to efficiently find rather large numbers of promising string vacua. Global string-derived models with the following features are discussed: (i) exact MSSM spectrum below the unification scale; (ii) R-parity; (iii) hierarchical Yukawa couplings with non-trivial mixing; (iv) solution to the μ problem; (v) see-saw suppressed neutrino masses.
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