Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 10 (2006)

Number 2

Spacetime foam in twistor string theory

Pages: 181 – 216



Sean A. Hartnoll

Giuseppe Policastro


We show how a Kähler spacetime foam in four dimensional conformal (super)gravity may be mapped to twistor spaces carrying the D1 brane charge of the B model topological string theory. The spacetime foam is obtained by blowing up an arbitrary number of points in $\C^2$ and can be interpreted as a sum over gravitational instantons. Some twistor spaces for blowups of $\C^2$ are known explicitly. In these cases, we write down a meromorphic volume form and suggest a relation to a holomorphic superform on a corresponding super Calabi--Yau manifold.

Published 1 January 2006