Title: Swampland bounds on the abelian gauge sectors
Abstract: In this talk we will derive various bounds on the 0-form and the 1-form abelian gauge sectors of gravitational effective theories in 6 dimensions with minimal supersymmetry. We will start by considering 6-dimensional F-theory vacua with at least one tensor multiplets, to bound for them the number of the (0-form) U(1) gauge factors as well as the cyclic orders of the 1-form discrete gauge factors. While the two abelian gauge sectors may look rather independent, we will observe that both are heavily constrained by the solitonic heterotic strings present in the spectrum, which provide a common intuition for the derived bounds. Building upon the heterotic intuition, we will also try extending the arena to address analogous bounds for all F-theory vacua in 6 dimensions and even beyond. If time permits, several applications and future directions of research will be discussed at the end of the talk.