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Seminar

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

Barrett, J (Nottingham)
Monday 11 September 2006, 11:30-12:30

Seminar Room 2, Newton Institute Gatehouse

Abstract

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.

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