Quantum-gravity predictions for the fine-structure constant

A. Eichhorn, A. Held, C. Wetterich

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Asymptotically safe quantum fluctuations of gravity can uniquely determine the value of the gauge coupling for a large class of grand unified models. In turn, this makes the electromagnetic fine-structure constant calculable. The balance of gravity and matter fluctuations results in a fixed point for the running of the gauge coupling. It is approached as the momentum scale is lowered in the transplanckian regime, leading to a uniquely predicted value of the gauge coupling at the Planck scale. The precise value of the predicted fine-structure constant depends on the matter content of the grand unified model. It is proportional to the gravitational fluctuation effects for which computational uncertainties remain to be settled.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPhysics Letters B: Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology
Vol/bind782
Sider (fra-til)198-201
ISSN0370-2693
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 10. jun. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

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