Nov 22 – 23, 2023
Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University
Europe/Berlin timezone

Automorphic Forms and Heterotic Vacua

Nov 23, 2023, 3:00 PM
30m
Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University

Virtual Workshop

Speaker

Nicole Righi

Description

Heterotic toroidal orbifolds represent a powerful framework to inspect the landscape due to their modular properties. In this talk, I will review existing no-go theorems on heterotic de Sitter vacua and prove new ones for several classes of vacua, substantiating and extending previous conjectures. These theorems allow for a loophole once supersymmetry is broken: I will show the criteria that lead to metastable de Sitter vacua, also identifying the inherently stringy non-perturbative effect that break supersymmetry and potentially realise such vacua. Then, I will extend this basic setup to higher genera and show how to construct the building blocks needed to write the scalar potential and study brand new vacua.

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