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INTRODUCTION TO GRAND UNIFICATION THEORY

A Grand Unified Theory (GUT) is a model in particle physics in which at high energy, the three gauge interactions of the Standard Model which define the electromagnetic, weak, and strong interactions or forces, are merged into one single force.

The GUT or Grand Unification Theory is a model that helps in explaining the universe. Electromagnetic force, strong force and weak force combine to form the model.

These are the three fundamental forces of nature (out of four) which is responsible for the pulls and pushes in the universe. With addition of gravity in this mixture, the Grand Unification Theory becomes the Theory of Everything. GUT is said to be as an intermediate step towards the Theory of Everything.

This model states that at high energy, the three forces of the nature merge into one single force. The unified interaction is characterised by one large gauge symmetry. Owing to GUT, there will only be one coupling constant instead of several force carriers.

Grand Unification Theory was proposed in 1970 by the researchers of CERN. This theory was based after the interaction between electrons and protons. Their electrical charges cancel each other out with precision. The creation of GUT gives a possibility of a grand unification epoch present in the early universe in which the fundamental forces aren’t distinct.

Models that do not unify the interactions by using one simple group as gauge symmetry, but can do so by using the semisimple groups (exhibiting similar properties) can also come under the Grand Unified Theories.

The particles that are predicted by the GUT models have the masses on the GUT scale which is just a few orders of magnitude below the standard Planck scale. Thus, the particles predicted cannot be observed directly and the effects of GUT can be observed indirectly like properties of neutrino, proton decay, electric dipole moments of the elementary particles etc. Pati-Salam model is a GUT model which can predict the existence of the magnetic monopoles.

The problem with creation a Grand Unification Theory is that the involved forces are different and act in different manner only. For example, electromagnetism. Electromagnets are long ranged with the sort ranged weak forces present.

The strong force appears weak when it is placed in a high-energy environment. To become the components of a single item, it is important to unify these forces and yet be able to manifest it in varied ways for application in the real world.

 

LIMITATIONS OF GRAND UNIFICATION THEORY
  • Lack of any evidence to support the existence of Grand Unification Theory.
  • Proton lifetime is longer than the predictions made by GUT.