String Theory and Scattering Amplitudes: January 9-13, 2017

Organized by: Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, Nathan Berkovits, William D. Linch III, Jakob Palmkvist, Daniel Robbins, Andrew Royston, and Pierre Vanhove.

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The purpose of this workshop is to assess the most recent developments in string theory scattering amplitudes, including comparison of different formalisms as well as applications to target space (super-)geometry and the associated physics.

String theory has led to the discovery of fundamental properties of quantum gravity and gauge theory. The expansion of string amplitudes in powers of the energy of the scattering particles provides an infinite set of uniquely determined higher derivative (quantum) corrections to supergravity. These couplings play an essential role for moduli stabilization in string compactifications and for precision tests of holography between gravitational and dual quantum field theories. While such couplings are determined in principle, a direct analysis by comparing with the low energy limit of string amplitudes quickly becomes prohibitively laborious. Arguments utilizing symmetries and dualities enable one to make further progress. What is the state of the art regarding these corrections, and how can we employ the various formalisms now available to gain maximum insight?

This program will gather physicists working on various approaches to string scattering amplitudes, such as the R-NS, GS, hybrid, and pure spinor formalisms, as well as new formulations of scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory, like the ambi-twistor formalism. The main objective is the elucidation of the key properties of—and connections between—these various approaches, for the purpose of improving our overall understanding of string theory amplitudes and their associated low energy expansions.

This is an optimal time to have a workshop dealing with string scattering amplitudes since recently much progress has been made on field theory amplitudes resembling string theory amplitudes. Illuminating the concrete connections can lead to further progress. This workshop will consist of a series of lectures (1-2 a day) in the morning with research seminars held in the afternoon.

Talk Schedule


Time Title Presenter Location
9:30am The S Matrix for Massive Higher Spins and the Challenge of UV Completion Nima Arkani-Hamed, I SCGP 102
10:30am Coffee Break N/A SCGP Lobby
11:00am The S Matrix for Massive Higher Spins and the Challenge of UV Completion Nima Arkani-Hamed, II SCGP 102
12:00 pm Lunch N/A SCGP Cafe
2:15pm Introductory Review of the Pure Spinor Formalism Nathan Berkovits, I SCGP 102
3:30 pm Tea Time N/A SCGP Lobby
4:00pm New Developments in the Pure Spinor Formalism Nathan Berkovits, II SCGP 102

Time Title Presenter Location
9:00am One loop counterterms Ruben Minasian, I SCGP 102
10:00 am Coffee Break N/A SCGP Lobby
10:30am One loop counterterms Ruben Minasian, II SCGP 102
11:30 am Lunch N/A SCGP Cafe
1:00pm String Theories and Scattering Amplitudes SCGP Weekly Talk: Nathan Berkovits SCGP 102
2:30 pm Super-moduli of super-Riemann surfaces Ron Donagi SCGP 102
3:30 pm Tea Time N/A SCGP Lobby

Time Title Presenter Location
9:30am Recursive string tree-level amplitudes: Kinematic factors Carlos Mafra, I SCGP 102
10:30am Coffee Break N/A SCGP Lobby
11:00am Recursive string tree-level amplitudes: Kinematic factors Carlos Mafra, II SCGP 102
12:00 pm Lunch N/A SCGP Cafe
2:15pm Closed-string tree-level integrals and amplitude relations in heterotic string theory Oliver Schlotterer SCGP 102
3:30 pm Tea Time N/A SCGP Lobby
4:00pm Glimpses of black-hole formation/evaporation in ultra-planckian string collisions Massimo Bianchi SCGP 102

Time Title Presenter Location
9:30am One-loop BPS Amplitudes in Heterotic Flux Compactifications Dan Israel SCGP 102
10:30am Coffee Break N/A SCGP Lobby
11:00am Type I/Heterotic Duality and M-theory amplitudes Arnab Rudra SCGP 102
12:00 pm Lunch N/A SCGP Cafe
2:15pm Landau Singularities from the Amplituhedron Anastasia Volovich SCGP 102
3:30 pm Tea Time N/A SCGP Lobby
4:00pm TBA Dhritiman Nandan SCGP 102

Time Title Presenter Location
9:30am An introduction to ambitwistor strings Lionel Mason, I SCGP 102
10:30am Coffee Break N/A SCGP Lobby
11:00am An introduction to ambitwistor strings Lionel Mason, II SCGP 102
12:00 pm Lunch N/A SCGP Cafe
1:15pm On the null origin of the Ambitwistor String Eduardo Casali SCGP 102
2:15 pm Discussion/Break N/A SCGP Cafe
2:300pm DBI from gravity Savdeep Sethi SCGP 102
3:30 pm Tea Time N/A SCGP Lobby