## Abstract

We study the charged chiral matter spectrum of four-dimensional F-theory compactifications on elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau fourfolds by using the dual M-theory description. A chiral spectrum can be induced by M-theory four-form flux on the fully resolved Calabi-Yau fourfold. In M-theory this flux yields three-dimensional Chern-Simons couplings in the Coulomb branch of the gauge theory. In the F-theory compactification on an additional circle these couplings are only generated by one-loop corrections with charged fermions running in the loop. This identification allows us to infer the net number of chiral matter fields of the four-dimensional effective theory. The chirality formulas can be evaluated by using the intersection numbers and the cones of effective curves of the resolved fourfolds. We argue that a study of the effective curves also allows to follow the resolution process at each co-dimension. To write simple chirality formulas we suggest to use the effective curves involved in the resolution process to determine the matter surfaces and to connect with the group theory at co-dimension two in the base. We exemplify our methods on examples with SU(5) and SU(5) × U(1) gauge group.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 027 |

Journal | Journal of High Energy Physics |

Volume | 2012 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2012 |

## Keywords

- Chern-simons theories
- F-theory
- String duality
- Superstring vacua