Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

A Lorentzian version of the non-commutative geometry of the standard model of particle physics

11th September 2006

Author: Barrett, J (University of Nottingham)


A formulation of the non-commutative geometry for the standard model of particle physics with a Lorentzian signature metric is presented. The elimination of the fermion doubling in the Lorentzian case is achieved by a modification of Connes' internal space geometry so that it has signature 6 (mod 8) rather than 0. The fermionic part of the Connes-Chamseddine spectral action can be formulated, and it is shown that it allows an extension with right- handed neutrinos and the correct mass terms for the see-saw mechanism of neutrino mass generation.