From KMOC to WQFT in Yang-Mills and gravity

PIRSA ID: 22110113
Event Type: Seminar
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Recently, powerful quantum field theory techniques, originally developed to calculate observables in colliders, have been applied to describe classical observables relevant to gravitational wave physics. This has motivated a proliferation of approaches to extract classical information from quantum scattering amplitudes. Since the double copy suggests that the basis of the dynamics of general relativity is Yang-Mills theory,  in this talk I will first discuss scattering in Yang-Mills theory as a toy model to study the connection between the framework by Kosower-Maybee-O'Connell (KMOC), the language of effective field theory (EFT) and the eikonal phase. After a brief review of the KMOC formalism to compute classical observables from scattering amplitudes, I will consider the dynamics of colour-charged particle scattering and explain  how to compute the change of colour, and the radiation of colour, during a classical collision. Finally, moving on to gravity, I will discuss the deflection of light by a massive spinless/spinning object using the novel worldline quantum field theory (WQFT) formalism for classical scattering.

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