Journal article

Solution to the hierarchy problem from an almost decoupled hidden sector within a classically scale invariant theory

Robert Foot, Archil Kobakhidze, Kristian L McDonald, Raymond R Volkas

PHYSICAL REVIEW D | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

If scale invariance is a classical symmetry then both the Planck scale and the weak scale should emerge as quantum effects. We show that this can be realized in simple scale invariant theories with a hidden sector. The weak/Planck scale hierarchy emerges in the (technically natural) limit in which the hidden sector decouples from the ordinary sector. In this limit, finite corrections to the weak scale are consequently small, while quadratic divergences are absent by virtue of classical scale invariance, so there is no hierarchy problem. © 2008 The American Physical Society.