D-branes at singularities, compactification, and hypercharge

Matthew Buican, Dmitry Malyshev, David R. Morrison, Herman Verlinde, Martijn Wijnholt

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We report on progress towards the construction of SM-like gauge theories on the world-volume of D-branes at a Calabi-Yau singularity. In particular, we work out the topological conditions on the embedding of the singularity inside a compact CY threefold, that select hypercharge as the only light U(1) gauge factor. We apply this insight to the proposed open string realization of the SM of hep-th/0508089, based on a D3-brane at a dP8 singularity, and present a geometric construction of a compact Calabi-Yau threefold with all the required topological properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • D-branes
  • Intersecting branes models
  • Superstring vacua


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