Higher derivatives in Type II and M-theory on Calabi-Yau threefolds

Thomas W. Grimm, Kilian Mayer*, Matthias Weissenbacher

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The four- and five-dimensional effective actions of Calabi-Yau threefold compactifications are derived with a focus on terms involving up to four space-time derivatives. The starting points for these reductions are the ten- and eleven-dimensional supergravity actions supplemented with the known eight-derivative corrections that have been inferred from Type II string amplitudes. The corrected background solutions are determined and the fluctuations of the Kähler structure of the compact space and the form-field back-ground are discussed. It is concluded that the two-derivative effective actions for these fluctuations only takes the expected supergravity form if certain additional ten- and eleven-dimensional higher-derivative terms for the form-fields are included. The main results on the four-derivative terms include a detailed treatment of higher-derivative gravity coupled to Kähler structure deformations. This is supplemented by a derivation of the vector sector in reductions to five dimensions. While the general result is only given as an expansion in the fluctuations, a complete treatment of the one-Kähler modulus case is presented for both Type II theories and M-theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • M-Theory
  • String Duality
  • Supergravity Models
  • Supersymmetric Effective Theories


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