Abstract for 2008 Honors Colloquium

Ashwin Rastogi

Physics

"G2 Models of Electroweak Unification"

A unified theory is a model that encompasses all the interactions of elementary particles within a single theoretical construct. The search for a successful unified theory is one of the primary outstanding issues in particle physics. This project focuses on the construction of a new model for electroweak force unification using the exceptional Lie group, G2. We propose a model based on the gauge group G2 x SU(2) x U(1). Further, we consider the production, decay, and other phenomonology of new particles predicted in the model. We also address experimental constraints on the model.