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Dr. Tristan Hubsch

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Howard University

February 8, 3:30 PM

Thirkield Hall (Physics), room 103


Novel Ricci-Flat Ground States, Part 2

Ground states in superstring and other theories with higher-dimensional spacetime are often describable by compact Ricci-flat (Calabi-Yau) geometries. Extensive databases of such well-studied varieties (almost half a billion of them!) exhibit a "mirror symmetry," whereby half of such models are reflections of the other half. In the last <2 years, this already vast collection has been generalized to include zero-sets of Laurent polynomials encoded by certain types of polytopes. 

Since last year's report, the "small-distance" modifications required by the quantum nature of these models is now also understood and will be presented. 



Refreshments will be served at 3:15pm