In a broad class of gravity theories, the equations of motion for vacuum compactifications give a curvature bound on the Ricci tensor minus a multiple of the Hessian of the warping function. Using results in so-called Bakry-Émery geometry, I will show how to put rigorous general bounds on the KK scale in gravity compactifications in terms of the reduced Planck mass or the internal diameter.
If time permits, I will reexamine in this light the local behavior in type IIA for the class of supersymmetric solutions most promising for scale separation. It turns out that the local O6-plane behavior cannot be smoothed out as in other local examples; it generically turns into a formal partially smeared O4.
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