Centre for Particle Theory Colloquia: A Heterotic Vacuum of String Theory
9 October 2012 16:30 in CLC 202
String theory, famously, has a great many ground states. So many, in fact, that some argue that we should seek information in the statistical properties of these vacua, or worse, argue that we should abandon string theory as a theory with predictive power. On the other hand, very few vacua are known that look like the observed world of particle physics. In this talk I will review this situation and show that there are intriguing, seemingly realistic, models at the tip of the distribution of vacua, where topological complexity is minimised.
Note that tea will be from 4pm
Coffee and biscuits at 15:30 in CM 211 (Maths Coffee Room).