Blowing-up the four-dimensional Z3 orientifold

Mirjam Cvetic, Paul Langacker, Jing Wang, Lisa Everett

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We study the blowing-up of the four-dimensional Z3 orientifold of Angelantonj, Bianchi, Pradisi, Sagnotti and Stanev (ABPSS) by giving nonzero vacuum expectation values (VEV's) to the twisted sector moduli blowing-up modes. The blowing-up procedure induces a Fayet-Iliopoulos (FI) term for the "anomalous" U(l), whose magnitude depends linearly on the VEV's of the blowing-up modes. To preserve the N = 1 supersymmetry, non-Abelian matter fields are forced to acquire nonzero VEV's, thus breaking (some of) the non-Abelian gauge structure and decoupling some of the matter fields. We determine the form of the FI term, construct explicit examples of (non-Abelian) D and F flat directions, and determine the surviving gauge groups of the restabilized vacua. We also determine the mass spectra, for which the restabilization reduces the number of families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)XXX-20
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Anomalies in Field and String Theories
  • Superstring Vacua


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