Gauge Fields, Fermions and Mass Gaps in 6D Brane Worlds
We study fluctuations about axisymmetric warped brane solutions in 6D minimal gauged supergravity. Much of our analysis is general and could be applied to other scenarios. We focus on bulk sectors that could give rise to Standard Model gauge fields and charged matter. We reduce the dynamics to Schroedinger type equations plus physical boundary conditions, and obtain exact solutions for the Kaluza-Klein wave functions and discrete mass spectra. The power-law warping, as opposed to exponential in 5D, means that zero mode wave functions can be peaked on negative tension branes, but only at the price of localizing the whole Kaluza-Klein tower there. However, remarkably, the codimension two defects allow the Kaluza-Klein mass gap to remain finite even in the infinite volume limit. In principle, not only gravity, but Standard Model fields could `feel' the extent of large extra dimensions, and still be described by an effective 4D theory.
Nucl. Phys. B 767 (2007) 54-81