Is there a string theory landscape?

Tom Banks, Michael Dine, Elie Gorbatov

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We examine recent claims of a large set of flux compactification solutions of string theory. We conclude that the arguments for AdS solutions are plausible. The analysis of meta-stable dS solutions inevitably leads to situations where long distance effective field theory breaks down. We then examine whether these solutions are likely to lead to a description of the real world. We conclude that one must invoke a version of the anthropic principle which insists on carbon based life forms. We explain why it is likely that this leads to a prediction of low energy supersymmetry breaking, but that many features of anthropically selected flux compactifications are likely to disagree with experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1549-1583
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Superstring Vacua
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings


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