- Sigma-model symmetry in orientifold models
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI)
We investigate in the simplest compact D=4 N=1 Type IIB orientifold models thesigma-model symmetry, suggested by the proposed duality of these models to heterotic orbifold vacua. This symmetry is knownto be present at the classical level, and is associated to a compositeconnection involving untwisted moduli in the low-energy supergravity theory.In order to study possible anomalies arising at the quantum level, we compute potentially anomalous one-loop amplitudes involving gluons, gravitons and composite connections. We argue that the effective vertex operator associated to the composite connection has the same form as that for a geometric deformation of the orbifold. Assuming this, we are ableto compute the complete anomaly polynomial, and find that all the anomalies are canceled through a Green-Schwarz mechanism mediated by twisted RR axions, as previously conjectured.Some questions about the field theory interpretation of our results remain open.
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