Description: This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). One of the most startling events imaginable at a future high-energy collider would be the observation of baryon (B) and lepton (L) number violation. It is surprising that this possibility is not a priori ruled out by our current theoretical understanding of the Standard Model of electroweak forces - despite the best efforts of leading theorists over the last two and one half years. In fact, initial semi-classical calculations using instantons have suggested that, at supercollider-range energies, B- and L-violating processes might occur at an observable rate. Our project has consisted of a theoretical exploration of the possibility of observing B and L violation at future very-high-energy colliders. The techniques developed for addressing this problem should impact more generally on our understanding of weakly-coupled field theories in the non- perturbative regime where both energies and multiplicities are very large. We have made significant progress in our theoretical understanding of anomalous electroweak processes that might be seen at the next generation of supercolliders. With the official cancellation of the Superconducting Supercollider, we have worked to reapply many of these ideas - with great success to date - to the realm of the strong interactions, using Skyrmion methods.
Date: July 1, 1996
Creator: Mattis, M.; Dorey, N.; Silbar, R. & Hughes, J.
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