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flux compactification

Context

String theory

Gravity

Contents

Idea

Flux compactifications are a variant of the Kaluza-Klein mechanism in physics.

One way of achieving moduli stabilization for KK-compactifications in Einstein-Maxwell theory or supergravity/string theory is to consider gauge fields and/or higher gauge fields in the compact space. Their (higher) field strength/curvature forms (“fluxes”) parameterize mass terms for the compactification moduli and hence may, under suitable conditions, stabilize them.

References

General

A good survey of the story of flux compactifications in F-theory is in

For F-theory-discussion see also at F-theory – References – Flux compactification.

See also

Non-geometric flux compactifications

  • R. Blumenhagen, A. Deser, E. Plauschinn, F. Rennecke, Bianchi identities for non-geometric fluxes: from quasi-Poisson structures to Courant algebroids, arXiv:1205.1522

  • D. Mylonas, P. Schupp, R. J. Szabo, Membrane sigma-models and quantization of non-geometric flux backgrounds, arxiv/1207.0926

Revised on July 15, 2017 13:16:20 by Urs Schreiber (178.9.126.151)