Stability, tunneling and flux changing de Sitter transitions in the large volume string scenario

S. De Alwis, R. Gupta, E. Hatefi, F. Quevedo

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We study the non-perturbative stability of the Large Volume Scenario (LVS) of IIB string compactifications, by analysing transitions mediated by the Brown-Teitelboim (BT) brane nucleations and by Coleman De Luccia tunneling (CDL). We find that, as long as the effective field theory description holds, the LVS AdS minima are stable despite being non-supersymmetric. This opens the possibility of having a CFT dual. Metastable de Sitter vacua behave differently depending on the uplifting mechanism. We find explicit expressions for the different decay rates in terms of exponentials of the volume. Among the transitions of dS to dS those with increasing volume and decreasing vacuum energy are preferred, though dS decays to AdS (big-crunch sinks) have higher probability. Transitions via the CDL mechanism to decompactification are exponentially suppressed compared to these. The BT decays correspond to flux/D3 brane transitions mediated by the nucleation of D5/NS5 branes. We compare our results with previous analysis for KKLT, type IIA, and 6D Einstein-Maxwell studies. In particular we find no indication for a bubble of nothing decay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number179
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • dS vacua in string theory
  • Flux compactifications
  • Superstring vacua
  • Supersymmetry breaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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