Aspinwall, PS; Louis, J, *On the ubiquity of K3 fibrations in string duality*,
Physics Letters B, vol. 369 no. 3-4
(February, 1996),
pp. 233-242, Elsevier BV [doi] .
**Abstract:**

*We consider the general case of N = 2 dual pairs of type IIA/heterotic string theories in four dimensions. We show that if the type IIA string in this pair can be viewed as having been compactified on a Calabi-Yau manifold in the usual way then this manifold must be of the form of a K3 fibration. We also see how the bound on the rank of the gauge group of the perturbative heterotic string has a natural interpretation on the type IIA side.*