# Small cosmological constants in string theory

Mehmet Demirtas, Manki Kim, Liam McAllister, Jakob Moritz, Andres Rios-Tascon

December, 2021

### Abstract

We construct supersymmetric AdS${}_4$ vacua of type IIB string theory in compactifications on orientifolds of Calabi-Yau threefold hypersurfaces. We first find explicit orientifolds and quantized fluxes for which the superpotential takes the form proposed by Kachru, Kallosh, Linde, and Trivedi. Given very mild assumptions on the numerical values of the Pfaffians, these compactifications admit vacua in which all moduli are stabilized at weak string coupling. By computing high-degree Gopakumar-Vafa invariants we give strong evidence that the $\alpha’$ expansion is likewise well-controlled. We find extremely small cosmological constants, with magnitude < $10^{-123}$ in Planck units. The compactifications are large, but not exponentially so, and hence these vacua manifest hierarchical scale-separation, with the AdS length exceeding the Kaluza-Klein length by a factor of a googol.

Publication

Journal of High Energy Physics

###### Theoretical Physicist

Computational Scientist

Andres is a PhD candidate working on String Theory at Cornell University.