On the ubiquity of K3 fibrations in string duality

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We consider the general case of N = 2 dual pairs of type IIA/heterotic string theories in four dimensions. We show that if the type IIA string in this pair can be viewed as having been compactified on a Calabi-Yau manifold in the usual way then this manifold must be of the form of a K3 fibration. We also see how the bound on the rank of the gauge group of the perturbative heterotic string has a natural interpretation on the type IIA side.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aspinwall, PS; Louis, J

Published Date

  • February 29, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 369 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 233 - 242

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0370-2693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01541-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus