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### Evaluating one-loop string amplitudes

## Abstract

Scattering amplitudes in string theory are written as formal integrals of correlations functions over the moduli space of punctured Riemann surfaces. It's well-known, albeit not often emphasized, that this prescription is only approximately correct because of the ambiguities in defining the integration domain. In this talk, we propose a resolution of this problem for one-loop open-string amplitudes and present their first evaluation at finite energy and scattering angle. Our method involves a deformation of the integration contour over the modular parameter to a fractal contour introduced by Rademacher in the context of analytic number theory. This procedure leads to explicit and practical formulas for the one-loop planar and non-planar type-I superstring four-point amplitudes, amenable to numerical evaluation. We plot the amplitudes as a function of the Mandelstam invariants and directly verify long-standing conjectures about their behavior at high energies.