Infinitely many M2-instanton corrections to M-theory on G(2)-manifolds

Author: 

Braun, A
Del Zotto, M
Halverson, J
Larfors, M
Morrison, D
Schafer-Nameki, S

Publication Date: 

13 September 2018

Journal: 

JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS

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2019-04-27T05:44:37.413+01:00

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9

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2018

DOI: 

10.1007/JHEP09(2018)077

abstract: 

© 2018, The Author(s). We consider the non-perturbative superpotential for a class of four-dimensional N= 1 vacua obtained from M-theory on seven-manifolds with holonomy G2. The class of G2-holonomy manifolds we consider are so-called twisted connected sum (TCS) constructions, which have the topology of a K3-fibration over S3. We show that the non-perturbative superpotential of M-theory on a class of TCS geometries receives infinitely many inequivalent M2-instanton contributions from infinitely many three-spheres, which we conjecture are supersymmetric (and thus associative) cycles. The rationale for our construction is provided by the duality chain of [1], which relates M-theory on TCS G2-manifolds to E8 × E8 heterotic backgrounds on the Schoen Calabi-Yau threefold, as well as to F-theory on a K3-fibered Calabi-Yau fourfold. The latter are known to have an infinite number of instanton corrections to the superpotential and it is these contributions that we trace through the duality chain back to the G2-compactification.

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