Geometry and Physics of String Compactifications

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Funding Agency: NSF
Effective Dates: 2012/07-2015/06
Amount: $421,000

Description: If funded, the proposer will work to improve our understanding of the geometry and physics of heterotic string compactifications using a variety of approaches. These models can describe universes similar to ours with such features as nonabelian gauge symmetry and chiral matter content. In addition, the proposer will carry forward an investigation of extremal transitions in M-theory compactifications using insights from geometry and field theory to learn about the possible dynamics. This work is expected to lead to a better understanding of the physics of string theory, as well as to insight into the mathematics of Calabi--Yau spaces..