Instantons on conical half-flat 6-manifolds

Severin Bunk, Olaf Lechtenfeld, Alexander D. Popov, Marcus Sperling

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We present a general procedure to construct 6-dimensional manifolds with SU(3)-structure from SU(2)-structure 5-manifolds. We thereby obtain half-flat cylinders and sine-cones over 5-manifolds with Sasaki-Einstein SU(2)-structure. They are nearly Kahler in the special case of sine-cones over Sasaki-Einstein 5-manifolds. Both half-flat and nearly Kahler 6-manifolds are prominent in flux compactifications of string theory. Subsequently, we investigate instanton equations for connections on vector bundles over these half-flat manifolds. A suitable ansatz for gauge fields on these 6-manifolds reduces the instanton equation to a set of matrix equations. We finally present some of its solutions and discuss the instanton configurations obtained this way.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics (JHEP)
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014


  • hep-th
  • math-ph
  • math.DG
  • math.MP


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