Clifford Cheung, Caltech: Scattering Theory Redux: Supercolliders, Fluid Dynamics, and Black Holes

  • Starts: 3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Ends: 4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Scattering amplitudes are fundamental observables that encode the dynamics of interacting particles. In this talk I describe how to systematically construct these objects without reference to a Lagrangian. The physics of real-world particles like gravitons, gluons, and pions are thus derived from the properties of amplitudes rather than vice versa. Remarkably, the expressions gleaned from this line of attack are marvelously simple, revealing new structures long hidden in plain sight. In particular, I describe how gravity serves as the "mother of all theories" whose amplitudes secretly unify, among others, all gluon and pion amplitudes. These ideas have some far-ranging theoretical and phenomenological connections, e.g. to fluid mechanics and to new state-of-the-art approaches to the black hole binary inspiral problem.
RKC 101
Clifford Cheung
California Institute of Technology
Liam Fitzpatrick