Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA)

SIGMA 16 (2020), 126, 48 pages      arXiv:1904.07578

Small Gauge Transformations and Universal Geometry in Heterotic Theories

Jock McOrist a and Roberto Sisca b
a) Department of Mathematics, School of Science and Technology, University of New England, Armidale, 2351, Australia
b) Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey, UK

Received July 30, 2020, in final form November 04, 2020; Published online December 02, 2020; Misprints fixed December 31, 2020

The first part of this paper describes in detail the action of small gauge transformations in heterotic supergravity. We show a convenient gauge fixing is 'holomorphic gauge' together with a condition on the holomorphic top form. This gauge fixing, combined with supersymmetry and the Bianchi identity, allows us to determine a set of non-linear PDEs for the terms in the Hodge decomposition. Although solving these in general is highly non-trivial, we give a prescription for their solution perturbatively in $\alpha^{\backprime}$ and apply this to the moduli space metric. The second part of this paper relates small gauge transformations to a choice of connection on the moduli space. We show holomorphic gauge is related to a choice of holomorphic structure and Lee form on a 'universal bundle'. Connections on the moduli space have field strengths that appear in the second order deformation theory and we point out it is generically the case that higher order deformations do not commute.

Key words: string theory; moduli spaces; differential geometry.

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