Supersymmetry breakdown at a hidden wall

H. P. Nilles, M. Olechowski, M. Yamaguchi

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We consider hidden sector supersymmetry breakdown in the strongly coupled heterotic E8 × E8 theory of Hořava and Witten, Using effective field theory methods in four dimensions, we can show that gravitational interactions induce soft breaking terms in the observable sector that are of order of the gravitino mass. We apply these methods to the mechanism of gaugino condensation at the hidden wall. Although the situation is very similar to the weakly coupled case, there is a decisive difference concerning the observable sector gaugino mass; with desirable phenomenological as well as cosmological consequences,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-72
Number of pages30
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Oct 12


  • M-theory
  • Supersymmetry


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