05.11.2014 (Wednesday)

F-theory on singular spaces

Regular Seminar Andres Collinucci (ULB, Brussels)

13:15 KCL
room G.01

F-theory paints a beautiful picture that relates gauge theories to purely geometric information, whereby the Dynkin diagrams of gauge groups come to life as 2-cycles of internal spaces. The caveat is that, such spaces are necessarily singular, and treating them sensibly requires resolving or deforming the singularities. Recently, my collaborator R. Savelli and I have proposed a new strategy that allows one to deal with singular spaces directly. It is based on Eisenbud’s so-called matrix factorisations. This remarkably simple concept has very deep connections to the mathematics of singularities. In this talk, I will review the basic notions needed to formulate the issues, assuming only standard knowledge of string theory. Then, after introducing our proposal, I will show examples of its applications, such as computations of chiral spectra for bound states of 7-branes.