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dc.contributor.advisorKaplunovsky, Vadim
dc.creatorClaussen, Jacob Cole
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-19T16:21:06Z
dc.date.available2016-10-19T16:21:06Z
dc.date.issued2016-08
dc.date.submittedAugust 2016
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2833N07Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/41748
dc.description.abstractThe compactification of E8 X E8 heterotic string theory on orbifolds of the form T6=ZN produces a 4D spectrum of untwisted states and twisted states. Unlike the untwisted states, the twisted states are confined to the fixed points of the ZN action and can be charged under subgroups of both E8 gauge groups simultaneously. While insignificant in the string theory case, dualizing to heterotic M-theory yields a peculiar phenomenon. Specifically, in heterotic M-theory the E8 gauge groups are isolated from each other by an extra dimension with 11D supergravity in the bulk between them. Determining how states can be charged across this bulk becomes a highly nontrivial problem to solve. We propose a procedure that utilizes deconstruction to probe these fixed points and build the appropriate states in the continuum limit. We then analyze and apply this procedure to the Z3, Z4, Z6-I, and Z7 orbifolds.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectString theory
dc.subjectM-theory
dc.subjectDeconstruction
dc.subjectOrbifolds
dc.titleThe deconstruction of orbifold fixed points in heterotic M-theory
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2016-10-19T16:21:06Z
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDistler, Jacques
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFischler, Willy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNeitzke, Andrew
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPaban, Sonia
dc.description.departmentPhysics
thesis.degree.departmentPhysics
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysics
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-1529-1774
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