The SO(32) heterotic string on a K3 surface


Journal Article

The SO(32) heterotic string on a K3 surface is analyzed in terms of the dual theory of a type II string (or F-theory) on an elliptically fibred Calabi-Yau manifold. The results are in beautiful agreement with earlier work by Witten using very different methods. In particular, we find gauge groups of SO(32) x Sp(k) appearing at points in the moduli space identified with point-like instantons and see hypermultiplets in the (32, 2k) representation becoming massless at the same time. We also discuss some aspects of the E8 x E8 case.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aspinwal, PS; Gross, M

Published Date

  • October 31, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 387 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 735 - 742

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0370-2693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0370-2693(96)01095-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus