Fluxed instantons and moduli stabilization in type IIB orientifolds and F theory

Thomas W. Grimm, Max Kerstan, Eran Palti, Timo Weigand

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We study the superpotential induced by Euclidean D3-brane instantons carrying instanton flux, with special emphasis on its significance for the stabilization of Kähler moduli and Neveu-Schwarz axions in typeIIB orientifolds. Quite generally, once a chiral observable sector is included in the compactification, arising on intersecting D7-branes with world-volume flux, resulting charged instanton zero modes prevent a class of instantons from participating in moduli stabilization. We show that instanton flux on Euclidean D3-branes can remove these extra zero modes and help in reinstating full moduli stabilization within a geometric regime. We comment also on the F-theoretic description of this effect of alleviating the general tension between moduli stabilization and chirality. In addition, we propose an alternative solution to this problem based on dressing the instantons with charged matter fields, which is unique to F theory and cannot be realized in the weak coupling limit.

Original languageEnglish
Article number066001
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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