Solving the strongCPand the supersymmetry phase problems with parity symmetry Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose a simultaneous solution to the strong CP problem and the supersymmetry (SUSY) phase problem based on parity symmetry realized when the supersymmetric standard model is embedded into a left-right symmetric framework at a scale near 2×10 16 GeV, as suggested by neutrino masses and gauge coupling unification. In this class of models, owing to parity, SUSY contributions to the muon anomalous magnetic moment can be naturally large without conflicting with the electric dipole moments (EDM's) of the electron and the neutron. The strong CV-violation parameter θ̄ is zero at the tree level, also due to parity (P), but is induced due to P-violating effects below the unification scale. We estimate the induced θ̄ to be ≤ 10 -16, if we adopt a constrained supersymmetric spectrum with universal scalar masses. In the more general SUSY-breaking scenario, after imposing flavor changing constraints, we find θ̄∼(10 -8 -10 -10), which is compatible with, but not much below, the present limit on the neutron EDM. We also argue that potential nonperturbative corrections to θ̄ from quantum gravitational effects are not excessive in these models. © 2001 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review D

author list (cited authors)

  • Babu, K. S., Dutta, B., & Mohapatra, R. N

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Babu, KS||Dutta, B||Mohapatra, RN

publication date

  • December 2001