MS Seminar (Mathematics - String Theory)

Speaker: Jock McOrist (University of Cambridge)
Title: Linear Sigma Models and Heterotic Vacua
Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 13:15 - 15:00
Place: Seminar Room A
Abstract: Compactifications of the heterotic string on a Calabi-Yau manifold are a relatively unexplored area of string theory despite their promise in cultivating novel mathematics as well as promising phenomenology. In this talk I will summarise recent developments in understanding the worldsheet descriptions of heterotic vacua, its implications for computing physical observables (e.g. Yukawa couplings) and mathematics (e.g. mirror symmetry).