Comparing high-energy with infrared factorisations in four-parton scattering amplitudes in QCD

Particle Physics Theory seminar

Comparing high-energy with infrared factorisations in four-parton scattering amplitudes in QCD

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 15th October 2014
  • Speaker: Leonardo Vernazza (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

I will discuss our recent study of the high-energy limit of four-parton scattering amplitudes in QCD, giving explicit results at two loops and higher orders, and going beyond next-to-leading logarithmic (NLL) accuracy. I will show how techniques of infrared factorisation can be used to investigate the failure of the simplest form of Regge factorization, starting at next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic accuracy (NNLL) in ln(s/|t|). I will provide detailed accounts and explicit expressions for the terms responsible for this breaking in the case of two-loop and three-loop quark and gluon amplitudes in QCD; in particular, I will discuss how a known non-logarithmic double-pole contribution at two-loops can be recovered and explained. I will show results for all non-factorizing single-logarithmic singular contributions at three loops. Conversely, I will explain how high-energy factorisation can be used to show that the hard functions of infrared factorization vanish in d = 4 to all orders in the coupling, up to NLL accuracy in ln(s/|t|). This provides clear evidence for the infrared origin of high-energy logarithms. Finally, I discuss the extension of earlier studies to t-channel exchanges of color representations beyond the octet, which enables me to give predictions based on the dipole formula for single-pole NLL contributions at three and four loops.

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