Physics at Virginia

"An algorithmic approach to string compactification"

Lara Anderson , Virginia Tech
[Host: Peter Arnold]

In this talk, I will outline recent progress in constructing heterotic string compactifications with realistic particle spectra and couplings in their low energy effective theories. This will involve an exploration of string "compactification" -- the process of describing very small extra spatial dimensions and how their shape and properties could effect observable physics. I will discuss new results on two long-standing challenges in string constructions.  The first is a large scale, algorithmic approach to geometrically realizing the Standard Model of particle physics in string theory.  The second is a presentation of new tools to address the problem of moduli stabilization (i.e the removal of unphysical massless particles from arising in the low energy physics of a string solution).

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special room.

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