Gauge noninvariance and its possible connection to emergent symmetry

As you can see elsewhere on these pages, I am intrigued by the possibility that the particles and symmetry of the Standard Model may be “emergent” – arising from an underlying theory without these fields or symmetries. While I would also like to find a viable theory with this property, it is also important to think of ways to test this possibility. As explained in a talk that I gave at the Meeting on CPT and Lorentz Symmetry, this can happen if we observe a violation of gauge invariance or of general covariance.
Mohamed Anber, Ufuk Aydemir and I are involved in a set of projects that develops this idea. The paper describing this program has been posted on the arXiv. Space limitations prevent full comments and also full referencing, but hopefully we can provide these in our future papers.
This idea is pretty unconventional in particle physics. However, that is an attraction. Thinking about this new topic leads to many interesting ideas and who knows where it will lead!

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