Phase transitions in M-theory and F-theory

Edward Witten

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Abstract

Phase transitions are studied in M-theory and F-theory. In M-theory compactification to five dimensions on a Calabi-Yau, one can find topology-changing transitions similar to those seen in conformal field theory, but the non-geometrical phases known in conformal field theory are absent. At boundaries of moduli space where such phases might have been expected, the moduli space ends, by a conventional or unconventional physical mechanism. The unconventional mechanisms, which roughly involve the appearance of tensionless strings, can sometimes be better understood in F-theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-216
Number of pages22
JournalNuclear Physics B
Volume471
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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