Title: Hedgehog Bases: A taste of the mathematics and physics of scattering amplitudes

Date: 03/30/2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

Scattering amplitudes are the heart of particle physics, forming a bridge between theory and experiment. The last decade has seen the rise of 'amplitudeology', a program for uncovering the hidden mathematical structures of scattering amplitudes. By importing recent results in mathematics, amplitudeology has produced new insights into scattering amplitudes - such as the 'amplitudehedron' - and translated them into practical computational techniques. In this talk, I will discuss a cluster algebra structure of scattering amplitudes in N=4 Super Yang-Mills theory and deep connections with Goncharov polylogarithms. In order to develop a computational framework which exploits this connection, I show how to construct bases of Goncharov polylogarithms that can be used to describe 6-particle scattering at any order in perturbation theory.