Conifolds and tunneling in the string landscape

  title={Conifolds and tunneling in the string landscape},
  author={Pontus Ahlqvist and Brian Randolph Greene and David Kagan and Eugene A Lim and Saswat Sarangi and I-Sheng Yang},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Physics},
We investigate flux vacua on a variety of one-parameter Calabi-Yau compactifications, and find many examples that are connected through continuous monodromy transformations. For these, we undertake a detailed analysis of the tunneling dynamics and find that tunneling trajectories typically graze the conifold point — particular 3-cycles are forced to contract during such vacuum transitions. Physically, these transitions arise from the competing effects of minimizing the energy for brane… 

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