Dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking (DEWSB) has been a viable option for the completion of the standard model for over thirty years. Precision electroweak studies indicate that the new strong interactions that break EW symmetry cannot be a scaled-up copy of QCD. Building viable models of DEWSB is difficult without a detailed understanding of such non-QCD gauge theories which still confine and break chiral symmetry. We review past difficulties of studying these theories using lattice methods and describe recent progress, focusing on the role of approximate infrared conformal symmetry.
- Pub Date:
- December 2008
- High Energy Physics - Lattice
- 22 pages, 5 figures, plenary talk given at the XXVI International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory (LATTICE 2008), July 14-19, 2008, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA