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Instantons from Low Energy String Actions

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Journal publication date6/05/1998
JournalPhysics Letters B
Number of pages6
Original languageEnglish


We look for instanton solutions in a class of two scalar field gravity models, which includes the low energy string action in four dimensions. In models where the matter field has a potential with a false vacuum, we find that non-singular instantons exist as long as the Dilaton field found in string theory has a potential with a minimum, and provide an example of such an instanton. The class of singular instanton solutions are also examined, and we find that depending on the parameter values, the volume factor of the Euclidean region does not always vanish fast enough at the singularity to make the action finite.

Bibliographic note

revtex 6 pages with 3 figures. Minor numerical correction made