Progress on symmetry breaking and generational mixing in topcolor-assisted technicolor
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Citation (published version)Kenneth Lane. 1996. "Progress on Symmetry Breaking and Generational Mixing in Topcolor-Assisted Technicolor." https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9703233v1
Topcolor-assisted technicolor provides a dynamical explanation for electroweak and flavor symmetry breaking and for the large mass of the top quark without unnatural fine tuning. I briefly review the basics of topcolor-assisted technicolor, including major constraints and a general approach to satisfying them. The main challenge to topcolor-assisted technicolor is to generate the observed mixing between heavy and light generations while breaking the strong topcolor interactions near 1 TeV. I argue that these phenomena, as well as electroweak symmetry breaking, are intimately connected and I present a scenario for them based on nontrivial patterns of technifermion condensation. I also exhibit a class of models realizing this scenario.