Mirror symmetry for two-parameter models (I)

Philip Candelas, Xenia de la Ossa, Anamaría Font, Sheldon Katz, David R. Morrison

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We study, by means of mirror symmetry, the quantum geometry of the Kähler-class parameters of a number of Calabi-Yau manifolds that have b11 = 2. Our main interest lies in the structure of the moduli space and in the loci corresponding to singular models. This structure is considerably richer when there are two parameters than in the various one-parameter models that have been studied hitherto. We describe the intrinsic structure of the point in the (compactification of the) moduli space that corresponds to the large complex structure or classical limit. The instanton expansions are of interest owing to the fact that some of the instantons belong to families with continuous parameters. We compute the Yukawa couplings and their expansions in terms of instantons of genus zero. By making use of recent results of Bershadsky et al. we compute also the instanton numbers for instantons of genus one. For particular values of the parameters the models become birational to certain models with one parameter. The compactification divisor of the moduli space thus contains copies of the moduli spaces of one-parameter models. Our discussion proceeds via the particular models P4(1,1,2,2,2)[8] and P4(1,1,2,2,6)[12]. Another example, P4(1,1,1,6,9)[18], that is somewhat different is the subject of a companion paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-538
Number of pages58
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 28 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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