New attractors in SU(3)xSU(3) structure compactifications

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It was proposed recently that type IIB orientifold compactifications on CY(3) in the presence of fluxes exhibit an attractor mechanism similar to the one in black hole physics, in other words that minimizing the relevant scalar potential is equivalent to solving a system of attractor equations. So far this conjecture has been verified only numerically. We show by analytical means that the conjectured susy attractor equations do indeed give supersymmetric minima of the relevant scalar potential. Furthermore, we obtain attractor equations for the most general N=1 flux compactifications of type IIA/B string theory, namely compactifications on SU(3)xSU(3) structure spaces.