On-shell physics and the positive Grassmannian

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Abstract

I will describe the recent and profound advances in our understanding of quantum field theory and the connections between its analytic structure and the geometry of the positive part of Grassmannian manifolds. I will briey review the recursive tools recently developed to understand the Feynman expansion more efficiently in terms of on-shell graphs, and describe how these tools extend to all-loop orders; in the case of planar, N = 4 SYM, the all-loop version of the BCFW recursion relations, expressed in terms of on-shell graphs becomes: (image found) I will explain the deep connection between on-shell graphs, the positive Grassmannian, and combinatorics. A simple consequence of this connection will be a complete classification of on-shell functions and all their relations for planar N = 1, …, 4 SYM as well as for pure Yang-Mills (N = 0). Time permitting, the application of these techniques to the case of non-planar scattering amplitudes will be described. Joint work with Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Freddy Cachazo, Perimeter Institute, and Jaroslav Trnka, Princeton University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationXVIIth International Congress on Mathematical Physics
Subtitle of host publicationAalborg, Denmark, 6-11 August 2012
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9789814449243
ISBN (Print)9789814449236
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Bourjaily, J. (2013). On-shell physics and the positive Grassmannian. In XVIIth International Congress on Mathematical Physics: Aalborg, Denmark, 6-11 August 2012 World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814449243_0070