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Providing a comprehensive, pedagogical introduction to scattering amplitudes in gauge theory and gravity, this book is ideal for graduate students and researchers. It offers a smooth transition from basic knowledge of quantum field theory to the frontier of modern research. Building on basic quantum field theory, the book starts with an introduction to the spinor helicity formalism in the context of Feynman rules for tree-level amplitudes. The material covered includes on-shell recursion relations, superamplitudes, symmetries of N=4 super Yang–Mills theory, twistors and momentum twistors, Grassmannians, and polytopes. The presentation also covers amplitudes in perturbative supergravity, 3D Chern–Simons matter theories, and color-kinematics duality and its connection to 'gravity=(gauge theory)x(gauge theory)'. Basic knowledge of Feynman rules in scalar field theory and quantum electrodynamics is assumed, but all other tools are introduced as needed. Worked examples demonstrate the techniques discussed, and over 150 exercises help readers absorb and master the material.Read more
- Bridges the gap between a standard course in quantum field theory and recent fascinating developments in research
- Features worked examples and over 150 exercises to help readers master the material
- Explicit calculations illustrate the application of technical tools and help readers learn the subject
Reviews & endorsements
"In recent years, a series of surprising insights and new methods have transformed the understanding of gauge and gravitational scattering amplitudes. These advances are important both for practical calculations in particle physics, and for the fundamental structure of relativistic quantum theory. Elvang and Huang have written the first comprehensive text on this subject, and their clear and pedagogical approach will make these new ideas accessible to a wide range of students."
Joseph Polchinski, University of California, Santa BarbaraSee more reviews
"This book provides a much-needed text covering modern techniques that have given radical new insights into the structure of quantum field theory. It gathers together a very large body of recent literature and presents it in a coherent style. The book should appeal to the wide body of researchers who wish to use quantum field theory as a tool for describing physical phenomena or who are intending to gain insight by studying its mathematical structure."
Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge
12th Jul 2015 by Sanmay
The subject is modern and this book introduces the scattering amplitude in very lucid way. It starts from the basic notations of fermion fields as done in Srednickis QFT book and introduces the spinor relations for mass-less momenta. The sections are well described and contains small problems which are well designed. I have used this self contained book to learn the subject and found it quite useful.
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- Date Published: March 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107069251
- length: 323 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 195 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.89kg
- contains: 137 b/w illus. 153 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Trees:
2. Spinor helicity formalism
3. On-shell recursion relations at tree-level
5. Symmetries of N = 4 SYM
Part II. Loops:
6. Loop amplitudes and generalized unitarity
7. BCFW recursion for loops
8. Leading singularities and on-shell diagrams
Part III. Topics:
11. Amplitudes beyond four dimensions
12. Supergravity amplitudes
13. A colorful duality
14. Further reading
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