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Chirality change in string theory

Douglas, Michael R. and Zhou, Chengang (2004) Chirality change in string theory. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2004 (6). Art. No.-014. ISSN 1126-6708. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:DOUjhep04

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Abstract

It is known that string theory compactifications leading to low energy effective theories with different chiral matter content (e.g. different numbers of standard model generations) are connected through phase transitions, described by non-trivial quantum fixed point theories. We point out that such compactifications are also connected on a purely classical level, through transitions that can be described using standard effective field theory. We illustrate this with examples, including some in which the transition proceeds entirely through supersymmetric configurations.


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Additional Information:© Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 2004. Received 5 June 2004, accepted for publication 9 June 2004. Published 6 July 2004. We thank B. Acharya, F. Bogomolov, A. Langer, N. Seiberg and R. Thomas for valuable discussions. M.R.D. is supported by a Gordon Moore Visiting Professorship at Caltech, and by DOE grant DE-FG02-96ER40959. C-G.Zhou is supported by DOE grant DE-FG01-00ER45832. Erratum: Reference [22] should be [22] A. Langer, Semistable sheaves in positive characteristic, Ann. Math. 159 (2004) 251. The author has explained to us that a complicated but explicit bound on c3 can be extracted from these results.
Subject Keywords:superstrings and heterotic strings, d-branes, supersymmetric effective theories, CALABI-YAU MANIFOLDS, INTERSECTING D6-BRANES, IIA ORIENTIFOLDS, MODELS, ANGLES, TORSION, VACUA, 4D
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Alternative URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1126-6708/2004/06/014
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:01 Sep 2005
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