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Non-toric bases for elliptic Calabi-Yau threefolds and 6D F-theory vacua. (English) Zbl 1386.14150
Summary: We develop a combinatorial approach to the construction of general smooth compact base surfaces that support elliptic Calabi-Yau threefolds. This extends previous analyses that have relied on toric or semi-toric structure. The resulting algorithm is used to construct all classes of such base surfaces \(S\) with \(h^{1,1} (S) < 8\) and all base surfaces over which there is an elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefold \(X\) with Hodge number \(h^{2,1} (X) \geq 150\). These two sets can be used to describe all 6D F-theory models that have fewer than seven tensor multiplets or more than 150 neutral scalar fields respectively in their maximally Higgsed phase. Technical challenges to constructing the complete list of base surfaces for all Hodge numbers are discussed.
Reviewer: Reviewer (Berlin)

14J32 Calabi-Yau manifolds (algebro-geometric aspects)
14J27 Elliptic surfaces, elliptic or Calabi-Yau fibrations
14J30 \(3\)-folds
51D20 Combinatorial geometries and geometric closure systems
14D07 Variation of Hodge structures (algebro-geometric aspects)
81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
83E15 Kaluza-Klein and other higher-dimensional theories
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