An index for flux vacua

Severin Lüst

U. Montpellier

Wed, Oct. 02nd 2024, 14:15-16:00

Pièce 026, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers

One of the main challenges for string theory phenomenology is to reliable identify consistent four-dimensional vacua of string theory with low or broken supersymmetry. This task is difficult as one expects no such vacua in the asymptotic limits where one sends all coupling constants to zero or (equivalently) all moduli fields to infinity. On the other hand, once these fields take finite values there exist various quantum and string corrections to the low-energy effective action that are difficult to compute and often unknown.
In this talk I will propose an index formulation based on contour integration techniques that relates the existence of critical points of effective potentials to their behaviour at the asymptotic boundaries of field space. I will demonstrate this technique for the specific example of IIB / M-theory flux compactifications with a one-dimensional complex structure moduli space and the resulting N=1 supersymmetric F-term potential.

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