Theoretical Physics Seminar: Piotr Tourkine
- Date: –15:00
- Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 80121
- Lecturer: Piotr Tourkine (Annecy, LAPTh)
- Organiser: Division of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Contact person: Jacopo Sisti
Title: Scattering amplitudes from dispersive iterations of unitarity
Abstract: In the late 60s, D. Atkinson proved in a series of papers the existence of functions satisfying rigorously the constraints of the S-matrix bootstrap for the 2-to-2 S-matrix of scalar, gapped theories, following an approach suggested by Mandelstam. Beyond the mathematical results themselves, the proof, based on establishing the existence of a fixed point of a certain map, also suggests a procedure to be implemented numerically and which would produce fully consistent S-matrix functions via iterating dispersion relations, and using as an input a quantity related to the inelasticity of a given scattering process. In this talk, I will present the results of a recent paper in collaboration with A. Zhiboedov, about the first implementation of this scheme. I will first review some basic concepts of the S-matrix program, and state our working assumptions. I will then present our numerical non-perturbative S-matrices, and discuss some of their properties. They correspond to scalar, massive phi^4-like S-matrices in 3 and 4 dimensions, and have interesting and non-trivial high energy and near-threshold behaviour. They also allow to make contact with the running of the coupling constant. I will also compare to other approaches to the S-matrix bootstrap in the literature.