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Computational Tools for Cohomology of Toric Varieties

By Ralph Blumenhagen, Benjamin Jurke and Thorsten Rahn


In this review, novel non-standard techniques for the computation of cohomology classes on toric varieties are summarized. After an introduction of the basic definitions and properties of toric geometry, we discuss a specific computational algorithm for the determination of the dimension of line-bundle valued cohomology groups on toric varieties. Applications to the computation of chiral massless matter spectra in string compactifications are discussed and, using the software package cohomCalg, its utility is highlighted on a new target space dual pair of (0,2) heterotic string models.Comment: 17 pages, 4 tables; prepared for the special issue "Computational Algebraic Geometry in String and Gauge Theory" of Advances in High Energy Physics, cohomCalg implementation available at

Topics: High Energy Physics - Theory, Computer Science - Mathematical Software, Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1155/2011/152749
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