Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity

Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity PDF Author: Henriette Elvang
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107069254
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 323
Book Description
"This book grew out of a need to have a set of easily accessible notes that introduced the basic techniques used in modern research on scattering amplitudes. In addition to the key tools, such a review should collect some of the small results and intuitions the authors had acquired from their work in the eld and which had not reviously been exposed in the literature. As the authors quickly realized, such an introduction would bring the reader only part of the way towards some of the most exciting topics in the eld, so they decided to add a little extra" material. While doing so and this took quite a while the authors remained in full and complete denial about writing a book. It was only at the end of process that they faced their worst fears: the review was becoming a book. You now hold the result in your hands. Because the authors were not writing a book, they actually thoroughly enjoyed the work. Their hope is that you will enjoy it too and that you will nd it useful"--

Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity

Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity PDF Author: Henriette Elvang
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316195139
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages :
Book Description
Providing a comprehensive, pedagogical introduction to scattering amplitudes in gauge theory and gravity, this book is ideal for graduate students and researchers. It offers a smooth transition from basic knowledge of quantum field theory to the frontier of modern research. Building on basic quantum field theory, the book starts with an introduction to the spinor helicity formalism in the context of Feynman rules for tree-level amplitudes. The material covered includes on-shell recursion relations, superamplitudes, symmetries of N=4 super Yang–Mills theory, twistors and momentum twistors, Grassmannians, and polytopes. The presentation also covers amplitudes in perturbative supergravity, 3D Chern–Simons matter theories, and color-kinematics duality and its connection to 'gravity=(gauge theory)x(gauge theory)'. Basic knowledge of Feynman rules in scalar field theory and quantum electrodynamics is assumed, but all other tools are introduced as needed. Worked examples demonstrate the techniques discussed, and over 150 exercises help readers absorb and master the material.

Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theories

Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theories PDF Author: Johannes M. Henn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642540228
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 195
Book Description
At the fundamental level, the interactions of elementary particles are described by quantum gauge field theory. The quantitative implications of these interactions are captured by scattering amplitudes, traditionally computed using Feynman diagrams. In the past decade tremendous progress has been made in our understanding of and computational abilities with regard to scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, going beyond the traditional textbook approach. These advances build upon on-shell methods that focus on the analytic structure of the amplitudes, as well as on their recently discovered hidden symmetries. In fact, when expressed in suitable variables the amplitudes are much simpler than anticipated and hidden patterns emerge. These modern methods are of increasing importance in phenomenological applications arising from the need for high-precision predictions for the experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider, as well as in foundational mathematical physics studies on the S-matrix in quantum field theory. Bridging the gap between introductory courses on quantum field theory and state-of-the-art research, these concise yet self-contained and course-tested lecture notes are well-suited for a one-semester graduate level course or as a self-study guide for anyone interested in fundamental aspects of quantum field theory and its applications. The numerous exercises and solutions included will help readers to embrace and apply the material present ed in the main text.

Novel Approaches to Perturbative Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity

Novel Approaches to Perturbative Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity PDF Author: Adele Nasti
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Languages : en
Pages :
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Topics in Nonsupersymmetric Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge and Gravity Theories

Topics in Nonsupersymmetric Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge and Gravity Theories PDF Author: Joshua David Nohle
Publisher:
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Languages : en
Pages : 169
Book Description
In Chapters 1 and 2, we introduce and review the duality between color and kinematics in Yang-Mills theory uncovered by Bern, Carrasco and Johansson (BCJ). In addition to revealing interesting structures in Yang-Mills theory, this conjectured duality immensely simplifies the computation of scattering amplitudes in theories of gravity. In Chapter 3, we provide evidence in favor of the conjectured duality between color and kinematics for the case of nonsupersymmetric pure Yang-Mills amplitudes by constructing a form of the one-loop four-point amplitude of this theory that makes the duality manifest. Our construction is valid in any dimension. We also describe a duality-satisfying representation for the two-loop four-point amplitude with identical four-dimensional external helicities. We use these results to obtain corresponding gravity integrands for a theory containing a graviton, dilaton, and antisymmetric tensor, simply by replacing color factors with specified diagram numerators. Using this, we give explicit forms of ultraviolet divergences at one loop in four, six, and eight dimensions, and at two loops in four dimensions. In Chapter 4, we extend the four-point one-loop nonsupersymmetric pure Yang-Mills discussion of Chapter 3 to include fermions and scalars circulating in the loop with all external gluons. This gives another nontrivial loop-level example showing that the duality between color and kinematics holds in nonsupersymmetric gauge theory. The construction is valid in any spacetime dimension and written in terms of formal polarization vectors. We also convert these expressions into a four-dimensional form with explicit external helicity states. Using this, we compare our results to one-loop duality-satisfying amplitudes that are already present in literature. In Chapter 5, we switch from the topic of color-kinematics duality to discuss the recently renewed interest in the soft behavior of gravitons and gluons. Specifically, we discuss the subleading low-energy behavior. Cachazo and Strominger recently proposed an extension of the soft-graviton theorem found by Weinberg. In addition, they proved the validity of their extension at tree level. This was motivated by a Virasoro symmetry of the gravity S-matrix related to BMS symmetry. As shown long ago by Weinberg, the leading soft behavior is not corrected by loops. In contrast, we show in Chapter 6 that with the standard definition of soft limits in dimensional regularization, the subleading behavior is anomalous and modified by loop effects. We argue that there are no new types of corrections to the first subleading behavior beyond one loop and to the second subleading behavior beyond two loops. To facilitate our investigation, we introduce a new momentum-conservation prescription for defining the subleading terms of the soft limit. We discuss the loop-level subleading soft behavior of gauge-theory amplitudes before turning to gravity amplitudes. In Chapter 7, we show that at tree level, on-shell gauge invariance can be used to fully determine the first subleading soft-gluon behavior and the first two subleading soft-graviton behaviors. Our proofs of the behaviors for n-gluon and n-graviton tree amplitudes are valid in D dimensions and are similar to Low's proof of universality of the first subleading behavior of photons. In contrast to photons coupling to massive particles, in four dimensions the soft behaviors of gluons and gravitons are corrected by loop effects. We comment on how such corrections arise from this perspective. We also show that loop corrections in graviton amplitudes arising from scalar loops appear only at the second soft subleading order. This case is particularly transparent because it is not entangled with graviton infrared singularities. Our result suggests that if we set aside the issue of infrared singularities, soft- graviton Ward identities of extended BMS symmetry are not anomalous through the first subleading order. Finally, in Chapter 8, we conclude this dissertation with a discussion of the evanescent effects on nonsupersymmetric gravity at two loops. Evanescent operators such as the Gauss- Bonnet term have vanishing perturbative matrix elements in exactly D = 4 dimensions. Similarly, evanescent fields do not propagate in D = 4; a three-form field is in this class, since it is dual to a cosmological-constant contribution. In this chapter, we show that evanescent operators and fields modify the leading ultraviolet divergence in pure gravity. To analyze the divergence, we compute the two-loop identical-helicity four-graviton amplitude and determine the coefficient of the associated (non-evanescent) R^3 counterterm studied long ago by Goroff and Sagnotti. We compare two pairs of theories that are dual in D = 4: gravity coupled to nothing or to three-form matter, and gravity coupled to zero-form or to two-form matter. Duff and van Nieuwenhuizen showed that, curiously, the one-loop conformal anomaly---the coefficient of the Gauss-Bonnet operator---changes under p-form duality transformations. We concur, and also find that the leading R^3 divergence changes under duality transformations. Nevertheless, in both cases the physical renormalized two-loop identical-helicity four-graviton amplitude can be chosen to respect duality. In particular, its renormalization-scale dependence is unaltered.

Modern Analytic Methods for Computing Scattering Amplitudes

Modern Analytic Methods for Computing Scattering Amplitudes PDF Author: Simone Zoia
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISBN: 3031019458
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages :
Book Description
This work presents some essential techniques that constitute the modern strategy for computing scattering amplitudes. It begins with an introductory chapter to fill the gap between a standard QFT course and the latest developments in the field. The author then tackles the main bottleneck: the computation of the loop Feynman integrals. The most efficient technique for their computation is the method of the differential equations. This is discussed in detail, with a particular focus on the mathematical aspects involved in the derivation of the differential equations and their solution. Ample space is devoted to the special functions arising from the differential equations, to their analytic properties, and to the mathematical techniques which allow us to handle them systematically. The thesis also addresses the application of these techniques to a cutting-edge problem of importance for the physics programme of the Large Hadron Collider: five-particle amplitudes at two-loop order. It presents the first analytic results for complete two-loop five-particle amplitudes, in supersymmetric theories and QCD. The techniques discussed here open the door to precision phenomenology for processes of phenomenological interest, such as three-photon, three-jet, and di-photon + jet production.

Grassmannian Geometry of Scattering Amplitudes

Grassmannian Geometry of Scattering Amplitudes PDF Author: Nima Arkani-Hamed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107086582
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages :
Book Description
An essential guide to peturbative quantum field theory and its connection to Grassmannian geometry.

Novel Approaches to Gravity Scattering Amplitudes

Novel Approaches to Gravity Scattering Amplitudes PDF Author: Sayeh Rajabi
Publisher:
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Languages : en
Pages : 116
Book Description
Quantum Field Theory (QFT) provides the essential background for formulating the standard model of elementary particles and, moreover, practically all other theories attempting to explore the physical laws of nature at the sub-atomic level. One of the main observables in QFT are the scattering amplitudes, physical quantities which encode the information of the scattering process of particles. Accordingly, having authentic, well-defined and feasible prescriptions for the calculations of amplitudes is of huge importance to theoretical physicists. Actual calculations show that the text-book prescription, the Feynman method, besides in general being very cumbersome also hides some of the beautiful mathematical features of amplitudes. The last decade has seen tremendous efforts and achievements to improve such calculations, particularly in supersymmetric gauge theories, which have also led to better understanding of QFT itself. Among the known physically and mathematically interesting quantum field theories is perturbative gravity and its supersymmetric version, N=8 supergravity- much less understood than gauge theory. Following the developments in gauge theory, this dissertation mainly aims at exploring scattering amplitudes in gravity as a quantum field theory, using the modern approaches to QFT. The goal is not only to improve our understanding of gravity amplitudes by applying part of the known modern methods of calculations to it but also to introduce and develop new ones.

Integrability: From Statistical Systems to Gauge Theory

Integrability: From Statistical Systems to Gauge Theory PDF Author: Patrick Dorey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192563319
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 608
Book Description
This volume, 106 of the Les Houches Summer School series, brings together applications of integrability to supersymmetric gauge and string theory. The book focuses on the application of integrability and problems in quantum field theory. Particular emphasis is given to the exact solution of planar N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory and its relation with string theory on the one hand, and the exact determination of the low-energy physics of N=2 super-Yang-Mills theories on the other; links with other domains are also explored. The purpose of the Les Houches Summer School was to bring together young researchers and specialists from statistical physics, condensed matter physics, gauge and string theory, and mathematics, to stimulate discussion across these different research areas.

Journeys Through The Precision Frontier: Amplitudes For Colliders (Tasi 2014) - Proceedings Of The 2014 Theoretical Advanced Study Institute In Elementary Particle Physics

Journeys Through The Precision Frontier: Amplitudes For Colliders (Tasi 2014) - Proceedings Of The 2014 Theoretical Advanced Study Institute In Elementary Particle Physics PDF Author: Dixon Lance
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814678775
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 636
Book Description
This volume is a compilation of the lectures at TASI 2014. The coverage focuses on modern calculational techniques for scattering amplitudes, and on the phenomenology of QCD in hadronic collisions. Introductions to flavor physics, dark matter, and physics beyond the Standard Model are also provided. The lectures are accessible to graduate students at the initial stages of their research careers.