Special Issue on Swampland and String Theory Landscape


Call for Papers

String theory provides a framework for quantising gravity and unifying it with the other fundamental interactions. A major chal- lenge is to identify our universe among a huge amount of ground states forming the string landscape. In a bottom-up approach, the swampland program consists of defining a set of criteria for low energy effective field theories that have a consistent ultraviolet completion within string theory (or within quantum gravity in general); therefore, those that do not satisfy these criteria belong to the swampland and not to the string landscape. This issue presents the progress made over the recent years on understanding the structure of the string landscape and on providing a complete set of swampland criteria and their consequences.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

• General overview swampland
• Weak gravity conjecture (WGC)
• Swampland refined versions
• SUSY breaking
• String theory landscape
• Distance conjecture
• Constraints on QFT from probe defects/branes
• The dS conjecture
• Other forms of WGC: scalars
• Other forms of WGC: axions
• Trans-Planckian censorship conjecture

Lead Guest Editor

Ignatios Antoniadis

LPTHE - CNRS - Faculty of Science, Sorbonne University, Paris, France

ITP - Albert Einstein Centre, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

antoniad@lpthe.jussieu.fr, antoniadis@itp.unibe.ch

Guest Editors

Emilian Dudas

Centre de Physique Théorique, CNRS, École Polytechnique, IP Paris, F-91128 Palaiseau, France

emilian.dudas@polytechnique.edu, emilian.dudas@cpht.polytechnique.fr

Karim Benakli

Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes Energies (LPTHE), UMR 7589, Sorbonne Université et CNRS, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France.