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.
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)