A new twist on toroidal string compactifications
Mariana Graña
Wed, May. 16th 2018, 14:30-15:30
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers

We will discuss toroidal compactifications of the bosonic and heterotic strings, focusing on the phenomenon of symmetry enhancement arising at self-dual points in moduli space.

I will present the effective action describing the low energy effective theory close to the points of enhancement, obtained from string theory scattering amplitudes, show how symmetry breaking arises naturally as a Higgs mechanism, and show that this action can be obtained from a suitable (twisted) Sherk-Schwarz reduction of double field theory.

Contact : Loic BERVAS


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