Past Quantum Field Theory Seminar

9 May 2017
Emery Sokatchev

We find a new duality  for form factors of lightlike Wilson loops
in planar N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory. The duality maps a form factor
involving a lightlike polygonal super-Wilson loop together with external
on-shell states, to the same type of object  but with the edges of the
Wilson loop and the external states swapping roles.  This relation can
essentially be seen graphically in Lorentz harmonic chiral (LHC) superspace
where it is equivalent to planar graph duality.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
2 May 2017

In 1997, Maxim Kontsevich gave a universal formula for the
quantization of Poisson brackets.  It can be viewed as a perturbative
expansion in a certain two-dimensional topological field theory.  While the
formula is explicit, it is currently impossible to compute in all but the
simplest cases, not least because the values of the relevant Feynman
integrals are unknown.  In forthcoming joint work with Peter Banks and Erik
Panzer, we use Francis Brown's approach to the periods of the moduli space
of genus zero curves to give an algorithm for the computation of these
integrals in terms of multiple zeta values.  It allows us to calculate the
terms in the expansion on a computer for the first time, giving tantalizing
evidence for several open conjectures concerning the convergence and sum of
the series, and the action of the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group by gauge

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
14 March 2017
Guo Chuan Thiang

The "Weyl fermion" was discovered in a topological semimetal in
2015. Its mathematical characterisation turns out to involve deep and subtle
results in differential topology. I will outline this theory, and explain
some connections to Euler structures, torsion of manifolds,
and Seiberg-Witten invariants. I also propose interesting generalisations
with torsion topological charges arising from Kervaire semicharacteristics
and ``Quaternionic'' characteristic classes.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
7 March 2017
Graeme Segal

Quantization is the study of the interface between commutative and
noncommutative geometry. There are myriad approaches to it, mostly presented
as ad hoc recipes. I shall discuss the motivating ideas, and the relations
between some of the methods, especially the relation between 'deformation'
and 'geometric' quantization.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
15 November 2016
Lionel Mason

The talk will review the origins
of ambitwistor strings, and  recent progress in extending them to a
wider variety of theories and loop amplitudes.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
25 October 2016
Robert Schabinger

In this talk, we discuss an ongoing calculation of the
four-loop form factors in massless QCD. We begin by discussing our
novel approach to the calculation in detail. Of particular interest
are a new polynomial-time integration by parts reduction algorithm and
a new method to algebraically resolve the IR and UV singularities of
dimensionally-regulated bare perturbative scattering amplitudes.
Although not all integral topologies are linearly reducible for the
more non-trivial color structures, it is nevertheless feasible to
obtain accurate numerical results for the finite parts of the complete
four-loop form factors using publicly available sector decomposition
programs and bases of finite integrals. Finally, we present first
results for the four-loop gluon form factor Feynman diagrams which
contain three closed fermion loops.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
18 October 2016
Mikhail Kompaniets

The $\phi^4$ model in statistical physics describes the
continous phase transition in the liquid-vapour system, transition to
the superfluid phase in helium, etc. Experimentally measured values in
this model are critical exponents and universal amplitude ratios.
These values can also be calculated in the framework of the
renormalization group approach. It turns out that the obtained series
are divergent asymptotic series, but it is possible to perform Borel
resummation of such a series. To make this procedure more accurate we
need as much terms of the expansion as possible.
The results of the recent six loop analitical calculations of the
anomalous dimensions, beta function and critical exponents of the
$O(N)$ symmetric $\phi^4$ model will be presented. Different technical
aspects of these calculations (IBP method, R* operation and parametric
integration in Feynman representation) will be discussed. The

numerical estimations of critical exponents obtained with Borel
resummation procedure are compared with experimental values and
results of Monte-Carlo simulations.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
11 October 2016
Ian Strachan

The big phase space is an infinite dimensional manifold which is the arena
for topological quantum field theories and quantum cohomology (or
equivalently, dispersive integrable systems). tt*-geometry was introduced by
Cecotti and Vafa and is a way to introduce an Hermitian structure on what
would be naturally complex objects, and the theory has many links with
singularity theory, variation of Hodge structures, Higgs bundles, integrable
systems etc.. In this talk the two ideas will be combined to give a
tt*-geometry on the big phase space.

(joint work with Liana David)

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar