an:00887043
Zbl 0982.32014
Avram, A. C.; Derrick, E.; Jan??i??, D.
On semi-periods
EN
Nucl. Phys., B 471, No. 1-2, 293-308 (1996).
00182952
1996
j
32G20 14D05 14J32 32J17 81T30
Calabi Yau manifold; Picard Fuchs equations; hypergeometric system; toric varietal method; chain integration; string theory
Summary: The periods of the three-form on a Calabi-Yau manifold are found as solutions of the Picard-Fuchs equations; however, the toric varietal method leads to a generalized hypergeometric system of equations, first introduced by Gelfand, Kapranov and Zelevinsky, which has more solutions than just the periods. This same extended set of equations can be derived from symmetry considerations. Semi-periods are solutions of the extended GKZ system. They are obtained by integration of the three-form over chains; these chains can be used to construct cycles which, when integrated over, give periods. In simple examples we are able to obtain the complete set of solutions for the GKZ system. We also conjecture that a certain modification of the method will generate the full space of solutions in general.