World-sheet corrections via D-instantons

Edward Witten

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Abstract

We use a D-instanton or physical gauge approach to re-derive the heterotic string worldsheet instanton contribution to the superpotential in Calabi-Yau compactification. We derive an analogous formula for worldsheet instanton corrections to the moduli space metric in heterotic string or type-I compactification on a K3 surface. In addition, we give a global analysis of the phase of the worldsheet path integral of the heterotic string, showing precisely how the B-field must be interpreted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Conformal Field Models in String Theory
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings

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