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String Theory Seminar
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Stability of non-BPS states in heterotic string theory
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Jihye Seo, Harvard University
Abstract: We study BPS and non-BPS states in heterotic string theory compactified on 4-torus. A non-BPS state can decay into a set of BPS states with same total charge and smaller total mass. We organize conservation of the charges using a set of eight 16 by 16 transformation matrices acting on a 16 dimensional lattice, in order to constrain possible decay modes allowed by charge conservation. We find that a non-BPS state with spinor representation is rather robust against decays into BPS states. We identify its huge stability region in moduli space of a 4-torus, and we prove that no other decays into BPS states are possible. Without fine tuning, we achieve an exact stablity for a non-BPS state, and this may turn useful for string-inspired model building. This study on non-BPS objects and their stability may also provide non-trivial tests of weak-strong duality between heterotic string theory compactified on 4-torus and Type IIA string theory on K3 surface.
Host: Shiu
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