Indexed on: 28 Apr '97Published on: 28 Apr '97Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory
The supersymmetric generalization of dilatations in the presence of the dilaton is defined. This is done by defining the supersymmetric dilaton geometry which is motivated by the supersymmetric volume preserving diffeomorphisms. The resulting model is classical superconformal field theory with an additional dilaton-axion supermultiplet coupled to the supersymmetric gauge theory, where the dilaton-axion couplings are nonrenormalizable. The possibility of spontaneous scale symmetry breaking is investigated in this context. There are three different types of vacua with broken scale symmetry depending on the details of the dilaton sector: unbroken supersymmetry, spontaneously broken supersymmetry and softly broken supersymmetry. If the scale symmetry is broken in the bosonic vacuum, then the Poincar\'e supersymmetry must be broken at the same time. If the scale symmetry is broken in the fermionic vacuum but the bosonic vacuum remains invariant, then the Poincar\'e supersymmetry can be preserved as long as the R-symmetry breaking is specifically related to the scale symmetry breaking.