Standard Models and Moduli Stabilization in Heterotic Theories

When: Monday, April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Lara Anderson
Organization: Harvard University
Sponsor: Physics Seminar

In this talk, I will outline a large-scale, algorithmic approach to the study of phenomenologically relevant heterotic string vacua. This will include recent work on two outstanding problems in string phenomenology.  The first is the construction of heterotic string vacua with the exact charged matter spectrum of the Standard Model.  For the second problem of moduli stabilization, I will present new constraints, arising from gauge fields on the compactification geometry, which can be used to reduce the number of unphysical massless scalars arising in the effective theory.