The well-known baryon and lepton numbers of the standard model of quarks and leptons are extended to include new fermions and bosons in a simple structure with several essential features. The usual heavy right-handed neutrino singlets (for neutrino mass and leptogenesis) are related to the axion which solves the strong CP problem. At the same time, baryon number is broken softly, allowing the proton to decay. Associated with this breaking, a long-lived dark-matter candidate (called the pseudosakharon) emerges. This new insight connects proton decay to a new component of dark matter.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)